Pre-Orthodontic Surgery in Glen Allen

Impacted canine tooth? We can help with pre-orthodontic surgery and impacted teeth exposure.

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The Benefits of Orthodontic Related Surgery

At the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery

Compassionate care to correct the function and appearance of impacted teeth
State-of-the-art cone beam imaging to get an accurate diagnosis before surgery
Painless extractions of impacted teeth with local anesthetic
Why do permanent teeth (like canines) get impacted?

Impacted teeth are teeth that cannot fully emerge from beneath the gums, either because they are trapped and developing incorrectly or because their path is blocked by some type of obstruction. Your canine tooth is one of the most likely teeth to become impacted, aside from wisdom teeth. Canine teeth are crucial to the alignment of other teeth, the development of your bite, and your ability to tear up and chew certain foods. For these reasons, it’s important to have impacted canines treated to preserve your oral health and smile.

What causes a tooth to become impacted?

There are several dental issues that can cause a tooth to become impacted. Here are a few common problems:
• Baby teeth that do not come out in time
• The presence of extra teeth
• Dental crowding surrounding your maturing canine teeth
• Unexpected growths blocking the path for your canines to emerge from your gums

What is the treatment for impacted teeth?

Most cases will be treated between two dental specialists; the orthodontist and the oral surgeon. Dr. Herrera can perform exposure and bonding treatment of the impacted tooth in conjunction with your orthodontist. First, the orthodontist will apply braces and allow time for your teeth to shift into the proper position and make room for your impacted tooth (canine) to emerge. When the time is right, Dr. Herrera will go in and carefully expose your tooth in the gums, removing any growth, blockage, or tissue that is preventing it from emerging. He will then attach (or bond) a bracket and chain to the impacted tooth, which your orthodontist will use to slowly pull/bring the tooth into its natural place.

What is the recovery process for this type of procedure?

Usually the recovery time for this procedure is 1-2 days. It will depend on the location of the tooth and how much of the tooth is impacted. If necessary, Dr. Herrera will take 3D images during your consultation that will help him plan the procedure, ensuring the best results and easiest recovery for the patient.

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