Improper positioning of the developing tooth bud can cause impactions. This can cause the tooth to fail to erupt into the mouth. Early loss of primary teeth or crowding of teeth can also cause impactions. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth. Canines and premolars can also be impacted. To correct these problems, usually the impacted tooth is exposed over the course of a few months and brought into the correct position of the mouth. Correction of impacted teeth may involve a minor surgical procedure performed by an oral surgeon working closely with our practice. This will allow us to then guide eruption of the impacted tooth into proper position.
Missing teeth is the absence of a tooth or teeth that should normally be present. This can be caused by either trauma or lack of development. This problem should be corrected because it can cause improper functioning of teeth or premature wear of teeth. Depending upon the situation, the space can be closed with braces or opened for tooth replacement. A bridge or dental implants are restorative options if a space is created. Feel free to contact us with any questions.