An impacted tooth essentially means that it is blocked, stuck, or unable to fully erupt. Third molars (wisdom teeth) are the most common impacted teeth, but the upper canines are the next most commonly impacted teeth. Wisdom teeth usually serve no important function in the mouth and are frequently removed. However, other impacted teeth, such as canines, are critical to the bite and require treatment for proper alignment and function. Overcrowding of teeth and extra teeth can prevent eruption.
The unerupted tooth will be exposed by lifting the gum tissue, and a special bracket may be bonded to the impacted tooth. This assists its eruption. Afterward, your Orthodontist will guide the tooth into position.