There are times that teeth do not erupt into proper position and get "stuck" or impacted. The cuspid, or canine tooth, is often the one that becomes impacted and needs assistance in bringing it into proper position; however, it can occur with any tooth. Rather than extracting the impacted tooth, you may need the tooth to be surgically uncovered and have a bracket cemented on it. This procedure will allow your orthodontist to move the impacted tooth into its proper position.
This procedure is done in an office setting and takes approximately 45 minutes. Patients generally are given an oral sedative and Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for the procedure. Recovery time ranges from one to two days, allowing the patient to resume normal activities quickly.
If you have questions regarding exposure of impacted teeth, please call our office at (765) 289-9705, and we will be more than happy to assist you.