Sometimes a tooth becomes impacted, meaning that it never emerges and stays locked in the bone socket. An impacted tooth can happen for a number of reasons, but the longer it stays there the more at risk you are of having complications. Call Stanislaus Oral Surgery to make an appointment today or book online.
Why does an impacted tooth even matter?
There are a number of serious risks that come from ignoring an impacted tooth. Some of these include:
- Greater risk of infection
- TMJ problems
- Developing an abscess
- Trouble opening your mouth
- Tooth fused to jawbone
- Risk of sepsis
Fortunately, the team at Stanislaus Oral Surgery can perform a tooth exposure procedure. During this procedure, your gums and bone are cut open at the site of your impacted tooth and it is either removed or prepared for an orthodontic procedure such as a grid & chain.
Why do I need a teeth exposure procedure?
An impacted tooth needs to be freed from its socket before serious problems arise. In fact, the longer you leave an impacted tooth the greater chance it has to fuse with the bone. Surgical exposure procedure allows our expert oral surgeon to access the impacted tooth. A small bit of your gums and underlying bone is cut away to reveal the tooth inside. At that point it is either removed or the orthodontic process of moving the tooth into place can begin.
Will I have to hide my smile after a teeth exposure procedure?
Because of its name, many people are afraid their tooth and bone socket will be noticeable by others. Most times that is not the case. If you are using the grid & chain method of moving an impacted tooth into place your gums will be sewn around the bracket and only a tiny portion of the chain will be visible.
If your impacted tooth is removed, your gums will be neatly sewn shut so nobody will be able to see any exposed bone. In a few weeks after everything has healed nobody will be able to tell you had the procedure in the first place.