An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt into function. After wisdom teeth, the maxillary cuspid (upper eyetooth) is the second most common tooth to become impacted. The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your “bite”. The cuspid teeth are very strong biting teeth and have the longest roots of any human teeth. They are designed to be the first teeth that touch when your jaws close together so they guide the rest of the teeth into the proper bite.
Normally, the maxillary cuspid teeth are the last of the “front” teeth to erupt into place. They usually come into place around age 13 and cause any space left between the upper front teeth to close tighter together. If a cuspid tooth gets impacted, every effort is made to get it to erupt into its proper position in the dental arch. The techniques involved to aid eruption can be applied to any impacted tooth in the upper or lower jaw, but most commonly they are applied to the maxillary cuspid (upper eye) teeth.
The surgery to expose and bracket an impacted tooth is a very straightforward surgical procedure that is performed in the oral surgeon’s office. The procedure can be performed with local anesthesia, however many patients, because of their young age, prefer IV Sedation. These issues will be discussed in detail at your preoperative consultation.
If your dentist has recently taken x-rays which show all of the teeth in question, please bring them with you to your appointment. Please bring a list of all medications you are currently taking with you to your first appointment.
By steveedwart ma phd
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