Impacted and Missing Teeth

Impacted teeth

Classification of Teeth Overview

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Classification of Teeth Overview
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Impactions can be caused by improper positioning of the developing tooth bud. This can cause the tooth to fail to erupt into the mouth. Impactions can also be caused by early loss of primary teeth or crowding of teeth. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth. Canines and premolars can also be impacted.

This problem should be corrected because it can:

  • cause damage to the root structure of adjacent teeth
  • interfere with the sinus cavity
  • leave unwanted spaces
  • lead to improper functioning of the teeth
  • cause premature wear of the teeth
  • case asymmetric alignment of the teeth
For more information about Impacted and Missing Teeth or to schedule a consult with Dr. Tendler, please use our Contact Us form or call our office in Boca Raton, FL at Tendler Orthodontics Phone Number 561-826-7955.

How can impacted teeth be orthodontically corrected?

Before

Digital patient radiograph: A before image, showing impacted upper teeth

 Impacted Teeth Exposed

Digital patient radiograph: An in progress image, showing exposed impacted teeth

After

Digital patient radiograph: An after image, showing correct upper teeth in alignment

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

Missing teeth is the absence of a tooth or teeth that should normally be present. This can be caused by trauma or lack of development.

This problem should be corrected because it can:

  • cause improper functioning of teeth
  • cause premature wear of teeth
  • cause asymmetric alignment of the teeth
  • make your smile less attractive

How can missing teeth be orthodontically corrected?

Before patient photo: Missing upper teeth and misaligned lower teeth
Before

After patient photo: Upper teeth properly erupted and aligned lower teeth
After

Depending upon the situation, space can be closed with braces or opened for tooth replacement. A dental implant or bridge are restorative options if a space is created.

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