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Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Impacted Tooth Exposure Treatment

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Welcome to Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, where your oral health is our utmost priority. Under the skilled expertise of Drs. Aiken and Shessel, along with their dedicated team, we specialize in delivering premium care for Impacted Tooth Exposure Treatment.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Understanding Impacted Teeth

A tooth that does not fully grow into the mouth or only partially grows into the mouth is said to be impacted. The most common impacted teeth are the wisdom teeth and the canines. Under normal circumstances, your teeth grow into your mouth by passing through the gums and emerging into their natural position. But sometimes, a tooth gets stuck and does not fully emerge into the mouth.

Causes of Impacted Teeth

A tooth may become impacted for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Overcrowding of the teeth in the mouth
  • The presence of extra teeth or the lack of normal adult teeth
  • Unusual pathological growths blocking the tooth’s proper eruption
  • Inability of the tooth to follow the normal growth track of adjacent teeth

It is important to diagnose and treat impacted teeth early to avoid misalignment, which often results in costly dental or orthodontic treatments. To determine if a tooth is impacted, your doctor will perform a thorough oral and radiographic examination. If an impacted tooth is identified, 3D imaging may be indicated.  Fortunately, we are happy to provide this state-of-the-art technology at both of our convenient locations.

And if you have impacted wisdom teeth and are experiencing painful symptoms or no symptoms at all, you should get evaluated by an oral surgeon to see if it’s time for removal.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Exposure and Bonding Procedure

One of the most common impacted tooth treatments is exposure and bonding, during which your orthodontist and oral surgeon work hand in hand to assist the impacted tooth so that it can properly be brought in to the dental arch.

The orthodontist prepares the mouth by moving the teeth into their correct position in the mouth, leaving adequate space for the impacted tooth. Next, the oral surgeon preforms a surgery whereby they elevate the gum tissue, remove necessary bone, and then they attach an orthodontic appliance to the impacted tooth.

We can use hospital-level anesthesia options to make sure you’re comfortable during the appointment(s).

Most commonly, the oral surgeon will attach an orthodontic bracket with a chain that can be tunneled under the gum tissue and tied to the orthodontic  arch wire. The orthodontist then uses the chain to gently pull on the impacted tooth and, over time, move the tooth into its proper alignment within the mouth. It is important to note that the amount of time it takes to move a tooth into its proper position is something that is determined with the orthodontist and not with the oral surgeon.

If you are in need of an expose and bond procedure for an impacted tooth, we encourage you to contact our oral surgeon office in Atlanta and Dunwoody to schedule an initial consultation. Drs. Aiken and Shessel are board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons and look forward to caring for you.

Expose & Bond in Atlanta GA: Dr. Shessel