Molar Uprighting

Molar uprighting corrects a tilted molar. Generally these are second molars which get caught below the back of the first molar or can result from a tooth drifting into an empty space. A procedure called “molar uprighting” or “minor tooth movement” can move the crooked tooth back into its proper place.

Treatment options depend on the degree of tooth inclination, the position of the third molars, and the desired type of movement, which may be surgical and/or orthodontic in nature. Surgical molar uprighting has been shown to be a predictable and reliable procedure. When a molar tooth is severely impacted, surgical uprighting provides a viable option when other treatment modalities are contraindicated.

If the patient is being treated orthodontically, the patient will be asked to see the orthodontist for follow up visits about three to four weeks after the surgery. The orthodontist generally will then apply a bracket and wire to make sure there is stability during the remainder of the healing process. Once the bone has healed, orthodontic movement can be initiated to position and align the patient’s tooth in its correct location. After the molar has been straightened, a bridge or implant can also fill the empty space and keep teeth from moving again as another viable option.

Molar uprighting can restore your bite, prevent future, more complex procedures, and help prevent you from losing more teeth.