Exposure of Impacted Teeth at Barnett Periodontics
In some cases, a patient’s teeth may simply not erupt properly through the jawbone into the mouth. This impaction can lead to potentially serious problems, such as cysts, root resorption, or bone loss. Thankfully, Dr. Barnett and your orthodontist can work together to ensure that the tooth is brought into the ideal alignment. If you or a loved one may have an impacted tooth in need of exposure, it’s time to undergo a free consultation. Sedation dentistry is available for patients who may feel nervous or uneasy.
In some cases, it may be enough to simply remove the original (baby) tooth from the patient’s mouth so that the permanent tooth has plenty of room to move into position. If this is not sufficient, Dr. Barnett will move forward with the surgical procedure. The exposure will consist of several steps:
- Dr. Barnett will lift the gums located over the impacted tooth in order to expose it.
- He will then bond an orthodontic bracket to the tooth that has a chain attached to it. This chain will be guided to an arch wire and securely attached.
- Depending on certain factors, Dr. Barnett will then either leave the tooth uncovered or return the gums to their original location.
- After a few days, the patient will return to the office so that their orthodontist can begin the process of moving the tooth into its ideal position within the mouth.