Impacted Tooth Exposure

Surgical exposure of impacted teeth.

An impacted tooth is a tooth that fails to fully pass through the gum tissues and/or bone.  This can occur due to the presence of dense soft tissue, bone, or tooth malposition, cysts, or another tooth. If a tooth fails to emerge, or emerges only partially, it is considered to be impacted.

Your orthodontist will refer you to us for surgical exposure of an impacted tooth as part of the orthodontic treatment.  This procedure involves elevation of gum tissue and removal of bone overlying the tooth in order to expose the impacted tooth underneath. Once the tooth is exposed, we will often bond an orthodontic bracket and chain to the exposed tooth.  Following surgical intervention and initial healing you will be referred back to your orthodontist where he/she will then attach the chain to the orthodontic wire and the exposed tooth is slowly moved into its proper position in the dental arch.