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Impacted and Missing Teeth

v-braces5At Lingenbrink Orthodontics, it's our mission to help our patients achieve healthy beautiful smiles. Dr. Lingenbrink and our phenomenal team of highly trained orthodontic specialists are committed to providing the highest quality in orthodontic care, and we strive to maintain a fun, friendly office environment. We use only the latest in cutting-edge orthodontic technology, ensuring that whether you need braces, Invisalign, or correction for missing or impacted teeth, our treatments are always as safe, fast, and effective as possible.

Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is a tooth that doesn't erupt properly, either growing in the wrong direction or erupting in the wrong place. Some impacted teeth remain buried in the gums, while others push through the gums outside of the normal space. A variety of factors can cause tooth impaction, but the most common is improper positioning of the tooth bud, early loss of primary teeth, or overcrowded teeth. Wisdom teeth, canines, and premolars are the most likely teeth to be impacted.
Impacted teeth can cause a variety of problems, including:

  • Damage to adjacent tooth root structure
  • Damage and interference with the sinus cavity
  • Unwanted spaces between teeth
  • Improper bite function
  • Premature tooth wear
  • Asymmetric tooth alignment

Here's an example of an impacted canine before and after treatment:

Before

After

Treating Impacted Teeth

Generally, we'll start by exposing the impacted tooth, then move it into its proper position in the mouth over the coming months. We'll likely need to refer you to an oral surgeon for a minor surgical procedure, but after this we'll use orthodontics to guide the tooth into place.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is a blanket term for the absence of a tooth that would normally be present. A variety of things can cause this, but most commonly the culprits are trauma or lack of development.

Missing teeth can cause a wide range of problems:

  • Improper tooth and bite function
  • Premature tooth wear
  • Asymmetric tooth alignment
  • Decreased aesthetic appeal

Here are some examples of missing teeth:

Closing the Space

Before

After

Opening the Spaces for Tooth Replacement

Before

After

Treating Missing Teeth

Treatment varies by patient, but we can usually use braces to either close the space or open it for tooth replacement. Once opened, we'll apply a bridge or dental dam to add a new artificial tooth, completing the smile.

Contact Your Port Orchard, Bremerton, & Gig Harbor WA Orthodontic Specialists

Have more questions about your orthodontic health? We're here for you! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Bremerton, Port Orchard, or Gig Harbor, WA offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!

Lingenbrink Orthodontics

  • Bremerton/Silverdale Office - 55 N.E. Fairgrounds Rd., Suite 100, Bremerton, WA 98311 Phone: (360) 692-4811
  • Port Orchard/Belfair Office - 1890 Pottery Ave., Port Orchard, WA 98366 Phone: (360) 895-9099
  • Gig Harbor Office - 4700 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., Suite 204, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Phone: (253) 851-8890

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