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Under normal circumstances, your teeth grow into your mouth by passing through the gums and emerging into their natural position. But sometimes, a tooth gets stuck and does not fully emerge into the mouth. A tooth that is unable to fully grow into the mouth or only partially grows into the mouth is called an impacted tooth. The most common tooth impactions occur in the wisdom teeth, which are located in the far back of the mouth, and the canines, located in the front of the mouth.

If a tooth becomes impacted, it may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • Insufficient space that causes overcrowding of the teeth
  • The presence of additional teeth or the lack of normal adult teeth
  • Pathological growths that block the tooth’s proper eruption
  • The tooth is unable to follow the normal growth track

Patients who seek treatment and are diagnosed with an impacted tooth or teeth can avoid complications like misalignment or oral infection, which often result in costly dental or orthodontic treatments. To determine if a tooth is impacted, a thorough oral exam is necessary to check for unusual fullness of the gum tissue, and additional X-rays will be performed to confirm the tooth’s presence.

Exposure and Bonding

One of the most common treatments for impacted teeth is called exposure and bonding. Dr. Michael Kunkel works hand in hand with his patient’s orthodontist to properly align the teeth and allow the impacted tooth to grow properly. The orthodontist prepares the mouth first by moving the fully grown teeth into their correct position, which leaves room for the impacted tooth to grow into its natural position. Next, Dr. Kunkel will expose the impacted tooth to attach an orthodontic bracket with a very small chain. The orthodontist then uses the chain to gently pull on the impacted tooth, moving it into its proper place over a period of time. Occasionally, the orthodontic bracket and chain may need to be repositioned by your oral surgeon, Dr. Kunkel, to allow complete movement of the impacted tooth.

If you are in need of the exposure and bonding treatment for an impacted tooth, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kunkel.



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5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (~241 reviews) on Google

I’m Michael Wooden, originally from Columbus, Georgia. Retired military and now I live in Fountain, Colorado. I came to Pikes Peak Oral Surgery because the VA referred me. Five teeth, including four wisdom teeth, being removed and a bone graft. I was absolutely nervous when I came in. The staff was real friendly, and they gave me a lot of information, you know. Usually, people hold back the information because they don’t want to freak you out, but they gave me the information and just kind of made me comfortable with it. It was easier than I thought it was going to be. I came in; the staff prepped me fairly quickly. Literally, I fell asleep and woke up, and the procedure was done. If I had any friends or colleagues that were looking to do any oral surgery or anything of that nature, and it was feasible for them to come to Colorado Springs, I would recommend Pikes Peak Oral Surgery, like ten times out of ten.

- Michael

Hello. My name is Tarik, and I’m from Colorado Springs. I came here to get my wisdom teeth removed. I was a little bit nervous when I came here, but Dr. Kunkel and his staff, they made me feel welcomed and calmed my nerves down a little bit. Dr. Kunkel was awesome. He explained everything through; he made everything seem so simple. Really respectful guy; I like him a lot. The procedure went really well. It was a lot less painful than I expected. If any of my friends in Colorado Springs, Fountain, or even Monument wanted to come get their wisdom teeth out, I’d definitely recommend Dr. Kunkel.

- Tarik

My name is Chris. I’m pretty much from everywhere, though, because I was a military brat, and I’m retired from the Army so I settled down in Colorado Springs. I had to get an extraction done on one of my wisdom teeth, and the staff here was just excellent. They didn’t make you feel like it was a business or anything. They were just so kind — just like being part of your family. Dr. Kunkel is outstanding. He’s probably the best dentist I’ve ever seen, and I been around for a while, so . . . . When he pulled the tooth, it was immaculate. Recovery was excellent. I mean, I came here for three follow-ups; he made sure that everything was healing properly, and it did, to a T. If anybody in the surrounding cities of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Peyton — I would highly recommend Dr. Kunkel for any kind of extractions or oral surgery.

- Chris

Hi. My name is Shana, and I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I came to see Dr. Kunkel because I heard such good recommendations about him and that he was just a really good oral surgeon and that he would take really good care of me. When I came in, I was really nervous. I was scared to death. I was nervous that I would have a complication or something, and that something would go wrong, or that I wouldn’t be able to talk for days on days on days. The staff helped eased my nerves because they just made me feel really relaxed and kind of at home, made jokes at me and laughed and just made the whole process so simple and so easy that it just made me feel comfortable. My interaction with Dr. Kunkel was really good. He’s an awesome doctor, and I would recommend him for anybody. I actually got them out last Thursday, so I’ve been doing really good. No bruising, no swelling, no complications. Everything’s okay. If any of my friends need to get their wisdom teeth out here in Colorado around Monument, Pueblo, and Denver, I would definitely recommend Dr. Kunkel.

- Shana

Hello. My name is Kyle, and I’m a local here in Colorado Springs. I came to Pikes Peak Oral Surgery. I broke my jaw last summer in a Ultimate Frisbee accident, and Dr. Kunkel and his staff was kind enough to take me in on a Thursday and then scheduled the surgery for Friday. The staff’s super friendly. You can tell that they do care about you, and Dr. Kunkel also takes the time to give you a call the day after the procedure, just ask how you are doing, and you can tell they go extra mile because they care about their patients. He’s helped me out twice when I’ve been in a tough spot, so I appreciate everything that he’s done for me. So, if anyone of my friends in the surrounding areas of the Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo, were looking to seek oral surgery or to have their wisdom teeth removed, I’d certainly recommend Dr. Kunkel.

- Kyle

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5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (~241 reviews) on Google

Hello. My name's Diana; I’m from Monument, Colorado. I had an impacted wisdom tooth; this infection grew and grew. By the time I went to the emergency room, the infection had moved towards half my face and moving towards my neck. The ER doctors, they called in an oral surgeon who happened to be on call which I was very fortunate that that doctor was Dr. Kunkel. Dr. Kunkel checked on me every day and made sure that the antibiotics were the right ones to work for the infection that I had. The whole time, I felt I was in excellent hands, and he totally put me at ease through this whole procedure. I would recommend Dr. Kunkel and his staff to anyone.

- Diana

My first name is Rockey Bell; I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I had this big lump inside my mouth, and I wasn’t really sure what it was. It was a little painful, so I came here to see what they could do with that nasty-looking thing. I was very nervous because I had thought maybe it might be cancer, or I really didn’t know what it was. Dr. Kunkel is a very proficient doctor. He’s very intelligent, and he talks to you like you’re human. I think the staff are amazing. They’ve helped me with every issue I’ve had. They made me feel comfortable. I would recommend anybody from Colorado Springs, Monument, Falcon to Dr. Kunkel.

- Rockey

I’m Andrea Brown, and I’m from Colorado Spring, Colorado. I came to Pikes Peak Oral Surgery because I had an abscessed tooth that was getting infected. Dr. Kunkel did an extraordinary job in treating me, in diagnosing me, and I feel real comfortable that I’m on the road to recovery right now. The staff at Dr. Kunkel’s office is just wonderful. I bring them treats. They are so sweet. They are terrific. It’s a real nice, friendly, tight-knit group. If I were to recommend an oral surgeon to any of my friends in Peregrine or Briargate, I would definitely recommend Dr. Kunkel. I’ve been thrilled with his care.

- Andrea

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