Tooth Exposure for Orthodontics
Tooth exposure is completed when a tooth fails to erupt on its own and remains impacted. Without proper eruption, the impacted tooth can interfere with tooth movement and is subject to disease. Surgical exposure gains access to the tooth and allows for placement of an orthodontic bracket to facilitate eruption. Our office works in conjunction with your orthodontist during this process. Depending on the complexity and individual anatomy of the patient, a 3D image/scan may be required to pinpoint the exact location of the impacted tooth. This provides patients with the most predictable and safest outcome. The procedure is completed with local anesthetic and the patient is kept comfortable the entire appointment. Healing time and recovery is usually with little discomfort.