Dr. Seth Rush provides treatments for impacted tooth exposure in Kansas City, Missouri. Impacted teeth can cause infections and other serious problems when left untreated. Please call us at 816-444-8822 to learn more about impacted tooth exposure and to set up your appointment with our talented periodontist.

When our doctor tells you that your tooth is impacted, it means that your tooth is stuck and cannot erupt and function properly. The most common type of impacted tooth is actually the third molars, or wisdom teeth. As wisdom teeth are rarely needed for functional purposes, they are usually extracted to avoid developing infections or causing problems with your other teeth. The second most common tooth to become impacted, however, are your cuspids, which do play a critical role in your bite.

Your cuspid teeth are strong biting teeth, and have the longest roots of any tooth in your mouth. Cuspids are the first teeth that touch when your jaws close together, making them incredibly important for developing and maintaining a healthy bite. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive an orthodontic screening at about age 7 to determine if there will be problems with the eruption of adult teeth, and if any treatments will be necessary. As with all dental treatments, prevention or early treatment is preferred.

If teeth will not emerge naturally, surgery may be required to help the tooth to emerge, followed by careful orthodontic treatment to guide the impacted tooth out into the proper position (this is known as “bracketing”). The surgery required to expose and bracket an impacted tooth is performed using sedation dentistry – most often laughing gas and local anesthesia, but IV sedation may also be an option. Our doctor will discuss your options with you during your consultation.

For more information on treating impacted teeth and to schedule a consultation with our periodontist, please contact our office today.