In some instances, a tooth fails to emerge through the gums and remains embedded within the jawbone and gum tissue. This condition, known as an impacted tooth, often requires professional intervention to prevent potential complications. The most commonly impacted teeth are the wisdom teeth, or third molars, which frequently lack sufficient space in the dental arch to properly erupt. When wisdom teeth are impacted, they are typically removed to preserve the health of your teeth, gums and jawbone.

However, wisdom teeth are not the only teeth that can become impacted. The upper canines, also known as eye teeth, are the second most frequently impacted teeth. If your canine teeth do not erupt as expected, our dentist will evaluate the position of the adjacent teeth to ensure there is enough room for the canines to emerge. We might also take X-rays to confirm the presence of impacted canines and to assess their position relative to the surrounding teeth and structures.

Upon identifying an impacted upper canine, our dentist will devise a tailored treatment plan. This plan often involves a minor surgical procedure to expose the impacted tooth. Typically, Dr. Gregory Davis will remove the gum tissue covering the tooth. For some patients, this simple procedure allows the tooth to grow in naturally. In other cases, we may need to attach an orthodontic device to the impacted tooth. This device, often connected to a small chain, applies gentle pressure to guide the tooth into its correct position over time.

Addressing impacted teeth is crucial for maintaining oral health and preventing further dental issues. To learn more about impacted tooth exposure in Boise, Idaho, and to schedule your appointment with our dentist, please contact State Street Dental at 208-939-1700. Our experienced dentist and team are here to provide you with the best care and ensure that your smile remains healthy and beautiful.