An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt or erupts only partially into the mouth. After third molars, canines are the most commonly impacted teeth; however, any primary or permanent tooth could be partially or fully impacted in the gums or bone. The impaction is either on the palatal or cheek aspect of the jaw, with palatal impactions being twice as common as labial impactions. If left untreated, the impacted tooth can cause improper eruption of the adjacent teeth, malocclusion, and decreased lip support. The procedure to expose and erupt the impacted tooth depends on the degree of impaction and location of the tooth. We work closely with our Orthodontist colleagues to ensure the best outcome for each patient.
Dr. Strauss has performed research and presented on the topic of impacted teeth and the proper technique for exposure.