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Austin Periodontal Associates                             
7800 Mopac, Suite 310                                         
Austin, TX 78759

Phone: (512) 346-6097
Fax: (512) 346-8135


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  • Monday 7:30am to 3:30pm
  • Tuesday 7:30am to 3:30pm
  • Wednesday 7:30am to 3:30pm
  • Thursday 7:30am to 3:30pm
  • Friday 7:30am to 12:00pm (Administrative Staff Only)
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7800 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX, 78759
United States

(512) 346-6097

Board Certified Periodontists, Dr. Daniel O'Dell and Dr. Kyle Smith, offer procedures in periodontics and dental implants using the most up-to-date technology possible. Their office in Austin, TX is dedicated to providing the highest level of periodontal care.

Exposure of Impacted Teeth

Exposure of Impacted Teeth

An "impacted tooth" is any tooth that is unable to fully emerge from under the gum.

By continuing to develop below the gum, these teeth often push functioning teeth out of place. A partially emerged tooth may also trap food and plaque in the soft gum tissue around it, leading to decay or infection. The teeth that most often become impacted are the third molars, also called wisdom teeth. These teeth are commonly removed to prevent overcrowding on the jaw.

Procedure: If your dental practitioner suspects you have an impaction, he or she will examine the area and take x-rays or scans to evaluate the problem. These images also allow him to determine the exact location and positioning of the tooth. The site will be numbed, and the gum covering the tooth lifted. This is referred to as "exposure" of the tooth. The tooth is then removed and the gum set to heal. Often, impacted teeth can be removed under a local anesthetic.

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