Any tooth can become impacted, but wisdom teeth and canines are the most common offenders. When wisdom teeth are impacted, extraction is often recommended to avoid oral health complications — but canines are very important for a healthy bite, so when these teeth become impacted, they are often treated with a procedure called exposure and bonding. Timely treatment of impacted canine teeth is crucial because the longer they stay trapped under the gums, the less likely it is that your oral surgeon will be able to ensure they emerge into the dental arch properly. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should be seen by a dental professional by age 7 for an examination and imaging to track the development of the adult teeth.
While most teeth grow in properly, teeth can become impacted due to
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out in time
- Abnormal growths that block the route of the tooth
- Dental crowding
The skilled team at White Mountain Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center is proud to provide the highest quality oral surgery services to patients of all ages, including young children and teens. Dr. Williams is an expert in the treatment of impacted teeth so that they grow in properly.
Exposure and Bonding
Exposure and bonding is a common and effective treatment for children, teens, and in some cases, even adults with impacted canine teeth. It’s a two-phase process in which your oral surgeon and your orthodontist work hand in hand to make sure the canine tooth or teeth find their proper place in your bite. During the exposure and bonding process, patients will be treated first by their orthodontist who will use braces to make room for the impacted tooth to grow in properly. Next, Dr. Williams will surgically uncover the tooth (expose it) by making an incision in the gum and/or bone that is blocking the tooth and place (bond) a small orthodontic bracket and chain on the tooth. This procedure will take place in our office with local anesthesia or IV sedation to make sure that you or your child are comfortable and completely at ease. Any post-operative discomfort will be easily managed, and Dr. Williams will discuss pain management options before any procedure takes place. The final phase of the treatment is completed by your orthodontist who will then use the bracket and chain to guide the impacted tooth over a period of a few months’ time into its proper place for full functionality.
If you would like to learn more about exposure and bonding procedures at White Mountain Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, we encourage you to take the time to watch the videos on our Patient Stories page.
Impacted Tooth Exposure in North Conway and Littleton, NH
If you or your child requires treatment for impacted canines, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Williams so that we can get your treatment started as soon as possible. You and your family are in the best hands with our team — we have many years of experience treating patients of all ages and are specialists in the exposure of impacted canine teeth. Thank you for the opportunity to care for you and your family.