Grid & Chain

Dentist checking on patient with grid and chain procedure - Benicia Oral Surgery, CA

Sometimes certain teeth, especially the cuspids and canines, do not emerge the way they should. Since these teeth are especially important for chewing, it’s necessary to take steps to make sure they grow in correctly. Contact the office of Benicia Oral Surgery in Benicia, California, for an evaluation for a grid & chain procedure to rid yourself of impacted cuspids and canines. You can call the office for an appointment or easily schedule online today.

What is a grid & chain procedure?

Sometimes your cuspids and canines don’t have enough room to grow in correctly and get impacted in your jaw. Since these are such important teeth for chewing and your bite, it’s essential that they grow in correctly. In cases of impacted cuspids and canines, a grid and chain procedure is often the right option. A grid & chain procedure combines the talents of both your Benicia Oral Surgery provider and an expert in orthodontics. Once your surgeon clears the way for your canine to emerge, braces are placed on your tooth to give it the necessary space.  

How do I know if my canines are impacted?

Most canines usually emerge around the age of 13. If they aren’t coming in, make an appointment at Benicia Oral Surgery for a professional evaluation. The experts utilize the latest in dental technology including X-rays, CT scans, and more.

The earlier an impacted tooth is treated the better. The longer you wait, the greater chance it will fuse with the bone. At that point the only option is extraction

What is a grid and chain procedure like?

First your Benicia Oral Surgery provider surgically removes anything that is blocking the way of your canines emerging. This can be baby teeth that refuse to come out, other impacted adult teeth, or any abnormal growths or bone abnormalities.

At this point your surgeon will expose your impacted canine so braces can be placed on your arch and your impacted tooth. This process allows for the grid & chain to pull it down into proper place. Depending on your situation your impacted tooth might remain uncovered or your surgeon might choose to stitch up your gums around the bracket and chain. Slowly your impacted tooth will shift into correct position.

If your canine teeth haven’t emerged, call Benicia Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.

Our doctors who provide this service

Irving Riley, DDS

With over 40 years of clinical experience, Irving Riley, DDS, MPH, serves the San Francisco Bay region as an oral surgeon at Benicia Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California. He holds various leadership positions in professional and civic organizations and has taught dental students as an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School.

Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD

With over 25 years of experience as an oral surgeon and residency director, Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD, joins the Benicia Oral Surgery team as the chief surgeon of the practice. As an expert in the field, patients choose Dr. Clayman for implantology, oncology, reconstructive surgery, and dental extractions, just to name a few. He has traveled the world volunteering his services in places such as India, Brazil, and Nepal.

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