Exposure of Impacted Teeth
As a child grows, their teeth erupt at the appropriate times and take their place in the dental arch. Occasionally, a tooth cannot erupt and remains trapped in the jawbone. Generally, the Orthodontist will refer this patient to have the tooth exposed and an orthodontic bracket placed to aid in the eruption of the tooth. Prior to surgery, a 3-D Cone Beam Scan may be recommended in order to identify the exact location of the impacted tooth and it’s proximity to adjacent teeth.
The surgical procedure first requires the removal of a small amount of bone that is covering the crown of the impacted tooth. An orthodontic bracket is then bonded to the tooth with a gold chain attached to it. This gold chain allows the orthodontist to apply forces that help guide the tooth through the tissues and take its proper place in the dental arch. This procedure can be performed under a variety of anesthetic options. At the time of your consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss which method would be best in your particular case.