If you have an impacted canine tooth, your diagnosis can be determined through an X-ray or 3D CT scan. Your orthodontist or general dentist may recommend that you see Dr. Pitrowski or Dr. Goldberg for the exposure procedure. Exposure and bonding treatment is one of the most common treatments for impacted canine teeth. Your orthodontist and our surgeons will work together to ensure the proper alignment of your teeth and allow the impacted tooth to come in properly.
Your orthodontist will prepare the mouth by moving the full-grown teeth into their correct position while leaving room for the impacted tooth to grow in. Next, Dr. Goldberg or Dr. Pitrowski will remove the tissue and bone as needed to expose the tooth. The canine tooth can then be exposed, and a bracket with a small chain is temporarily bonded to the tooth. After the procedure, the orthodontist uses the chain to guide the canine tooth into the proper position. Sometimes, the orthodontic bracket and chain may need to be repositioned to allow complete movement of the impacted tooth.
The surgical procedure to expose the impacted tooth is generally simple and predictable. Patients can expect an in-office procedure with either local or IV anesthesia. Like with any oral surgery procedure, patients should expect some discomfort and slight residual bleeding around the surgical site(s).
If you have been recommended for an exposure and bonding treatment for your impacted canine tooth (or multiple canine teeth), we encourage you to contact Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to schedule an initial consultation. We have many options to treat an impacted tooth and are happy to develop an effective treatment plan tailored to your needs.