An impacted tooth is stuck in your jaw and may or may not break through your gums, depending on the severity of the impaction. The oral surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery, in Alameda, California, perform procedures to expose your impacted canine teeth to improve functionality and the appearance of your smile. If you have impacted canine teeth, call California Oral and Facial Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.
What is an impacted tooth?
Sometimes your teeth may not wholly emerge from your jaw. When this happens, your tooth is considered impacted. While your wisdom teeth are most likely to become impacted, your canine teeth may also get trapped in your jaw.
When a canine tooth is impacted, it can increase your risk of infection and decay. For example, if one of your canine teeth only partially erupts, you may struggle to keep it clean, and bacteria can make their way under your gumline to eat away at your tooth and jaw bone. Additionally, if your teeth don’t emerge correctly, it can lead to gaps and other spacing issues that could allow your other teeth to drift out of place.
What happens when an impacted canine tooth is exposed?
The surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery begin your procedure by injecting a local anesthetic into your gums and providing a sedative to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the surgery. Their first step is to lift and remove the gum tissue covering your impacted canine tooth.
In some cases, impacted canine teeth are caused by blockages due to supernumerary teeth or other abnormalities in your jaw. Your surgeon can extract unnecessary teeth and remove other structures or spurs that are blocking your canine teeth from erupting into optimal function.
After exposing your tooth, your surgeon uses dissolvable stitches to close any incisions and keep your gums away from your canine tooth to keep it exposed.
What should I expect while recovering from a procedure to expose an impacted canine tooth?
Your surgeon gives you customized instructions on how to take care of your exposed canine tooth following your surgery. In most cases, you will need to keep the surgical site covered with gauze for at least 24 hours. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication, and ice packs will also help reduce swelling and discomfort. You also have follow-up appointments with your surgeon so they can check on your recovery and the success of the procedure.
If you have an impacted canine tooth and are looking for an experienced oral surgeon, call California Oral and Facial Surgery or make an appointment online today.