Why do we need to expose impacted teeth?
Under certain circumstances, a tooth can have trouble erupting and remains trapped under the gum or jaw bone. This is known as an impacted tooth. This often occurs with canine teeth located in the roof of the mouth, although other teeth can also be trapped.
How can impacted teeth be treated?
Your Dentist or Orthodontist may suggest a surgical procedure called an exposure and bond of the tooth. This involves uncovering (exposing) the tooth and attaching a small chain (bonding) to the tooth which can attached to braces to slowly pull the tooth into the correct position. The surgery is often performed when younger.
Where is the Surgery Undertaken?
Although surgery for the exposure of impacted teeth can be undertaken awake (Local Anaesthetic), it is often more comfortable when asleep (General Anaesthetic).
What happens after the Surgery?
After your check up with your Surgeon, you will need to return to your dentist or orthodontist to keep an eye on the tooth as it moves into the correct position.