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Impacted teeth and missing teeth are two common dental issues that can be addressed with orthodontics.
When a budding tooth is out of place, it can become impacted. This means that it may not break through the gum tissue as it grows. Think of it as the little engine that couldn’t. It’s an issue that can also come from losing baby teeth too early or tooth crowding. Becoming impacted is most common in wisdom teeth, but it can happen in others as well.
We usually correct this problem by gradually exposing the impacted tooth during a series of visits where we can guide it into the right position. It’s just like herding teeth. Depending on the situation, it can also be cause for a minor procedure from an oral surgeon. No matter the solution, we make sure that impacted teeth cause as little damage and unwanted effects as possible.
Missing teeth can be a result of trauma or poor development. When teeth that should otherwise be there have gone AWOL, we have a number of procedures that can get things in your mouth back to normal. Braces can close the space left by the dearly departed tooth. On the other side of that coin, bridges or dental implants can replace the culprit. Any of these answers to your problems can improve both how your teeth work and how they appear.