Tooth Exposure

An impacted tooth means that it is stuck and cannot erupt into full function. Usually, people develop this problem for wisdom teeth (third molars). Wisdom teeth, when not fully erupted, are removed since there is no real purpose for them. In addition, when stuck, these can develop painful infections among a host of other problems.

The maxillary cuspid or how others say it upper eyetooth is the second most common tooth to become impacted (not fully erupted). The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your bite. The cuspid teeth are known to have the longest roots of any human teeth. These are designed to be the first teeth that touch when you are closing your mouth, guiding your teeth into place for a proper bite.

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Experienced Periodontist serving the communities of Weston, Southwest Ranches, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Sunrise, Miami, Kendall, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, West Palm Beach, and more.


Normally, the maxillary cuspid teeth are the last of the front teeth to erupt into place. They usually come into place around age 13 and cause any space left between the upper front teeth to close tighter together. If a cuspid tooth gets impacted, Dr. Tamir Segal will perform surgery or treatments to place your tooth into proper position in the dental arch. The techniques involved to aid eruption can be applied to any impacted tooth in the upper or lower jaw, but most commonly they have applied to the maxillary cuspid (upper eye) teeth. Sixty percent of these impacted eyeteeth are located on the palatal (roof of the mouth) side of the dental arch. The remaining impacted eye teeth are found in the middle of the supporting bone but stuck in an elevated position above the roots of the adjacent teeth or out to the facial side of the dental arch.

If you are in having issues with an exposed tooth, contact our Periodontics office in Weston, FL so we can help you schedule an appointment with our experienced periodontist Dr. Tamir Segal.

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