Orthodontic Tooth Exposure

Orthodontic Tooth Exposure

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you may be referred to our office for an orthodontic tooth exposure. When a tooth fails to emerge through the gums, it is considered to be an impacted tooth. This commonly occurs in the case of canine “eye” teeth, however any tooth in the mouth can be impacted and require exposure.  It is important to treat an impacted tooth in order to prevent the improper eruption of nearby teeth, cyst formation, possible infection, damage to neighbouring teeth, or other negative changes in the jaw.

In order to determine the correct treatment for you, your dentist  or orthodontist will examine your teeth and x-rays to determine the position of the impacted tooth as well as the condition of your gums. One of the treatment options is to surgically expose the tooth in order to guide it to the right position in your jaw. In most cases, you will need to have space created in your jaw through orthodontics prior to the surgical treatment.  Surgical treatment involves pushing the gum that covers the impacted tooth away to find the tooth and then attach an orthodontic bracket to it usually at the time of surgery.

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