In some cases, Dr. Stevens will recommend that you or your child have surgical orthodontic treatment, also known as orthognathic surgery or dentofacial surgery, to treat conditions such as severely misaligned bites and facial aesthetic concerns. Other surgical interventions may be recommended to treat conditions such as impacted canine teeth. During your consultation with Dr. Stevens, he will complete a thorough examination to see if you or your child is a candidate for surgical orthodontics, and a personalized treatment plan will be created to address the problems so that orthodontic treatment at Braces Omaha can be completed successfully.
Dr. Stevens was the co-founder of University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dento-Facial Program, focusing on patients requiring a combination of orthodontics and surgery. Surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery or dentofacial surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Orthognathic surgery can also improve facial appearances by surgically aligning your jaw. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always used in conjunction with jaw correction surgery. This helps ensure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.
Assisted Eruption of Impacted Teeth
Permanent teeth that are trapped below the gums and are unable to grow into the mouth are said to be impacted. When this happens, the tooth is trapped either partially or completely by bone or soft tissue. Wisdom teeth and canines are the most commonly impacted teeth, but incisors, premolars, and molars are all vulnerable.
A tooth can become impacted for several reasons, such as
- Overcrowding or presence of additional teeth
- Lack of normal adult teeth
- Abnormal growths
Dr. Stevens and the team at Braces Omaha treat impacted teeth with a surgical technique called assisted eruption. This technique is used to carefully guide the impacted teeth into their proper positions.
How does assisted eruption work?
The first step in the process is getting braces, which is completed by your orthodontist. The braces create room for the impacted tooth to move into its correct position. Then, an oral surgeon or periodontist will perform the surgical procedure to expose the trapped tooth. This is done by moving the overlying gum and/or bone tissue that is covering the impacted tooth. Your orthodontist will use your braces as the anchoring force that will pull the impacted tooth into place using a small orthodontic bracket and chain bonded to the newly exposed tooth. The chain gently guides the impacted tooth into place as it emerges into the mouth.
Why do I need assisted eruption?
Several complications can arise from untreated impacted teeth, such as
- Jaw pain
- Shifting or crowding of teeth
- Root damage of adjacent teeth
- Tooth loss
- Malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth)
Dr. Stevens will work closely with your oral surgeon or periodontist to complete an assisted eruption procedure.
Surgical Orthodontics at Braces Omaha
We encourage you to contact our practice in Omaha, NE, to learn more about how we will work together with your partnering specialists on completing orthodontic treatment using surgical orthodontics such as orthognathic surgery/jaw correction surgery or procedures such as assisted eruption of impacted teeth. Please give us a call to schedule your consultation appointment at our practice in Omaha, NE. We look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve your new smile.