Exposure of Impacted Teeth

Impacted teeth can cause several problems, such as pain and discomfort, as well as eating and speaking difficulties. If you have an impacted tooth, visit a dentist or oral surgeon to have it removed immediately. Dr. Yanich is an oral surgeon in Marion, OH, with the experience and skills to extract your impacted tooth and relieve any pain or discomfort associated with it.

If you’re in Marion, OH, and are looking for impacted teeth solutions, contact Dr. Jason Yanich at Yanich Oral Surgery today!

What Are Impacted Teeth?

An impacted tooth is a tooth that hasn’t broken through the gum – something is blocking its growth, like soft tissue, bone, cysts, or another tooth. The most common impacted teeth are wisdom teeth, which is why most people tend to have them removed. The next most frequent teeth to become impacted are the maxillary cuspids, also known as upper eye teeth or canines.

Impacted Maxillary Cuspids

These teeth usually come into position around age 13. If an upper cuspid becomes impacted and doesn’t erupt into its correct spot, Dr. Yanich will try his best to assist it because these teeth play a big role in the dental arch formation.

When your jaws are closed, these teeth are the first to touch. They help guide the rest of your teeth into their proper place, which is vital to have an aesthetically pleasing smile and a functional bite.

Examination Process

Dr. Yanich will always thoroughly examine the wisdom teeth and those surrounding them before any procedure. To evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth, he takes panoramic or digital X-rays. This will also help them determine if there’s any current problem and/or what potential future problems might exist.

How Yanich Oral Surgery Can Protect Your Oral Health from Impacted Teeth

Parents should closely monitor their children’s teeth, especially the maxillary cuspids, for early warning signs of impactions. Canine impactions are more common in childhood, but they can still occur in adults. Regardless of age, if you think you may have an impacted canine tooth, it’s crucial to seek treatment from a dentist or orthodontist. The older you are, the less likely your canine will erupt on its own.

How Dr. Yanich Diagnoses Impacted Teeth

A comprehensive oral examination is necessary before treatment. This includes examining the visible structures in your mouth. Dr. Yanich also uses x-rays and 3D scans to view any hidden structures of your mouth. With this information, we can develop a customized treatment plan to provide you with the best possible results.

Surgical Treatment for Impacted Teeth

In most cases, surgically exposing and pulling impacted teeth into the mouth is possible by attaching a special bracket to orthodontic work. However, placing the bracket requires surgery.

To gently move your impacted tooth into proper alignment, Dr. Yanich will make a small cut in the gums to access the teeth. He’ll then use a small bracket on the front surface of each one and attach it to your orthodontic work with a short chain. Then, he’ll use an elastic O-ring for tension around the area, which helps guide your tooth into place.

As your tooth comes out, your orthodontist will adjust the elasticity levels periodically, making sure that everything is moving along as planned.

Anesthesia and Sedation

The experts at Yanich Oral Surgery commonly use a mix of local anesthesia and IV sedation for impacted tooth surgeries. Nevertheless, every patient is different, which means that their treatment plans will be unique as well.

During your consultation appointment, we’ll go over all of your options for anesthesia and pain management so you can make the best decision for you.

After Care Tips from Dr. Yanich

After your surgery, it’s normal to experience swelling, bleeding, and discomfort. However, don’t disrupt the wound. Don’t voluntarily remove the surgical packing, as it’ll help keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, don’t panic; follow these aftercare tips:

Swelling: To reduce swelling after surgery, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes to the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.

Bleeding: Please note that some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for a day after surgery. If you’re excessively bleeding to the point where your mouth fills with blood quickly, biting down on the gauze placed directly on the wound will help stop the bleeding.

Pain: Start taking pain medication when the local anesthetic starts to wear off. Take one or two Tylenol or Extra Strength pills if your pain is moderate. You can have Tylenol every six hours (or as the bottle states). Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) works as well and can be taken instead of Tylenol.

Lifestyle Changes

Like any surgical procedure, you must take it easy for the first few days following your operation. This means changing your diet, slowing yourself down, and improving your oral hygiene routine:

It's important to stay hydrated after surgery, so drink plenty of fluids. You should avoid hot liquids or food and stick to soft foods and beverages on the day of surgery. Once you're feeling better, you can return to your regular diet unless Dr. Yanich tells you otherwise.


After surgery, rest as much as possible to avoid complications. If you do decide to exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. Also, because your body isn't getting the same amount of nutrients post-operation, you may get tired more easily. Hence, if you feel lightheadedness coming on, stop exercising immediately.

Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean is key to proper healing. After each meal, starting the day after surgery, brush and rinse your teeth thoroughly. In this case, mix one-half teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth six times a day. Continue this until you've fully healed.

Worried About Impacted Teeth? Schedule a Consultation Today!

Even if exposing impacted teeth can be done relatively easily, it’s still important to take the necessary precautions and follow your doctor’s orders for a smooth and speedy recovery. If you need an impacted tooth surgery in Marion, OH, don’t hesitate to Yanich Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Jason Yanich has years of experience with these surgeries and will work with you to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible at every step of the procedure.

If you have further questions or concerns about exposing impacted teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our office!