Surgical Tooth Exposure for Orthodontics
When the baby teeth do not come out in time, the permanent tooth can become impacted. Additionally, this may occur if the baby tooth has fallen out, but there is simply not enough room for the permanent tooth. When this occurs, the permanent tooth may need to be surgically exposed to allow for the placement of orthodontics (braces).
For this procedure, our oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum on top of the impacted tooth. The gum will then be lifted up to expose the hidden tooth that lies underneath. This will provide the Orthodontist with the exposure needed to move the tooth into it’s proper place and alignment.