Exposure of Impacted Teeth for Orthodontics

The teeth that need exposure are mostly the canine teeth. An impacted tooth, can be confirmed using an X-ray or CT scan. It is common for a canine tooth to become impacted and is usually due to one of the following reasons:

  • Last primary teeth to come into the mouth (around age 11 or 12)
  • Blocked eruption path
  • Dental crowding
  • Extra teeth in the mouth
  • Presence of pathology

Amazing staff and loved the communication. They did a wonderful job following back and were open to questions. My daughter’s surgery went great and I am glad it was done here!

Vidhi P.

Dr. Khan will coordinate with your orthodontist to determine the reason the tooth has not erupted in its normal sequence and in addressing the need for surgery to help bring the tooth into place.  In most cases, the surgery will uncover the tooth and a bracket similar to the rest of the braces will be cemented onto this tooth.  This bracket will be attached to a chain that will then be used by the orthodontist to pull the tooth into its proper position.  This most often results in successful eruption of the tooth into its proper position in the mouth.

Impacted Canine Teeth

Dr. Khan can review the specific risks associated with the exposure and bonding of you or your child’s tooth according to the specific orientation of the tooth involved and its relationship to the adjacent teeth.