An impacted tooth is unable to emerge from our gums and join the rest of our permanent, natural teeth in the dental arch. One of the most common teeth to become impacted is the canine, the pointy tooth located near the front of the mouth. This particular tooth plays a significant role in your bite. It is one of our strongest teeth used for biting in the dental arch, which is the reason they grow some of the longest tooth roots. This tooth can often become impacted and require a tooth exposure treatment.
Exposure and bonding treatment is one of the best options for addressing impacted teeth. This procedure is used to expose and pull the trapped tooth from beneath your gums. Drs. Colarusso and Baran are experts at performing tooth exposure procedures to preserve impacted teeth and restore oral health and function. We will determine the best treatment for you during an initial consultation with our surgical team. Our oral surgeons can meet with you at either our Leominster, MA, or Gardner, MA, office, and we look forward to meeting you.
Tooth Exposure and Bonding Procedure
The exposure and bonding procedure is a unique treatment that requires a team-based approach between an oral surgeon and an orthodontist. In the first treatment, one of our oral surgeons will carefully lift the gum and bone lying on top of the impacted tooth. Your surgeon will then attach a very small bracket and chain to the tooth. Your orthodontist will attach this chain to a rubber band on your braces and gradually move the tooth from the gums and into proper alignment. We advise that you continue to meet with your orthodontist for regular checkups to make sure the braces are positioning the tooth correctly and functioning properly. If a baby tooth is blocking the adult tooth from growing into the mouth, we may perform an extraction along with exposure to make room for growth.
Treating Impacted Teeth
It is important to maintain regular checkups with your dentist to ensure all adult teeth are emerging correctly from the gums. Your dentist or orthodontist can watch for signs of impaction and refer you to our office if treatment is necessary. Drs. Colarusso and Baran work with patients of all ages, including young children and teens, and are happy to treat you at either of our office locations in Leominster or Gardner, MA. We look forward to caring for you and your family at Central Mass Oral Surgery.