Orthodontic Tooth Exposure
In cases where the eyeteeth will not erupt spontaneously, the orthodontist and periodontist work together to get these unerupted teeth to erupt. Prior to exposure, it is important to determine the exact location of the teeth. The periodontist or orthodontist will use several x-rays to determine if the location is on the outside surface or the inside surface of the bone. During a simple, surgical procedure performed in the office, the gum on top of the unerupted tooth will be lifted to expose the hidden tooth underneath. If there is a baby tooth present, it will be removed at the same time. Once the tooth is exposed, an orthodontic bracket is bonded. The attachment is connected to a gold chain that is used to apply gentle traction to coax the tooth into position.
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