Tooth exposure uncovery is a procedure where we uncover a permanent tooth that has not erupted.
Tooth exposure uncovery is a procedure where we uncover a permanent tooth that has not erupted. To free the tooth from being stuck underneath the bone or impacted by the gum, we will make a small incision through which your tooth can erupt through. The most common need for tooth exposure occurs when the wisdom teeth fail to erupt because of being at an angle, overlapping with molars, or crowding. It is also not uncommon for a child to have permanent teeth that fail to erupt and require the need for tooth exposure uncovery.
Implant Dentistry and Periodontics understands the issues and benefits around the tooth exposure uncovery. We offer an expansive range of periodontal and dental implant services that can benefit patients of all ages. Our conscientious staff focuses on providing the appropriate service for your overall oral health. We will address your dental procedure in a calming and stress-free environment, and we will approach your unique dental care as an important partner on your health care team. If you have questions about the benefits of tooth exposure uncovery for yourself or a child, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.
Who Needs Tooth Exposure Uncovery?
Children whose permanent teeth are erupting but lack adequate space for the tooth to come in may need tooth exposure uncovery. It is important to that all impacted teeth are given enough space to grow in to contribute to the harmony of their smile.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted are often removed, but teeth at the front of the mouth and major molars need to be exposed to come in fully. Canine teeth can easily become impacted if the neighboring teeth do not provide the necessary space to erupt. These teeth are used for biting and chewing and should be saved if possible.
Impacted canine teeth are often found in the upper arch behind other teeth. The teeth come in along the natural arch, but only the tip of the teeth are showing past the gum line. Your child’s canine teeth look so small when only the tip is showing, and the rest is still buried under the gum.
Common Causes of Impacted Teeth
An impacted tooth can develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common reasons include:
- Tooth bud is abnormally positioned
- Root dilacerations
- Loss of primary canine or prolonged retention
- Arch length or tooth size discrepancies
- Ankylosis (tooth fused to bone)
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.
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Some Benefits of Tooth Exposure
To ensure the impacted teeth in yours or your child’s mouth are appropriately positioned, a tooth exposure uncovery may be needed. This procedure can quickly and easily shift the impacted tooth away from the restriction and allow us to reposition it into place.
Your child with impacted canine teeth will notice a dramatic change once their teeth are readjusted and realigned. Once uncovered and properly aligned they will make a huge cosmetic difference. The facial structure of your child will benefit since the canines provide support for the corners of the mouth and help keep the area above the lips plump and full.
Having impacted teeth uncovered will have major benefits for you or your child’s long term dental health. When the bite pressure of the mouth is not evenly distributed among all teeth, it can cause some teeth to be overloaded and become damaged. With tooth exposure uncovery it will come in fully, providing benefits in the form of a complete and aligned arch, better biting and chewing ability, and a more perfect occlusion or bite.
The Tooth Exposure Uncovery Process
Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will administer a local anesthetic to ensure there is no discomfort during the procedure. We will expose the tooth surgically. The surgery will only take 25-45 minutes, depending on how impeded the tooth is. We will make a small incision through the gummy tissue to uncover the crown of the tooth, including any surrounding tissue as well. Some bone tissue may be removed to unblock the pathway if necessary.
Once the tooth is exposed through the gum, a small bracket is attached to the tooth, like braces, and it is quickly and easily brought into alignment with the rest of the arch of teeth. The tooth should erupt in about 2 to 4 months.
Post Procedure Aftercare
Following your tooth exposure uncovery, Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will schedule a follow-up visit to make sure that you or your child are healing properly. It is not uncommon to feel some soreness following this procedure. To help alleviate this discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain-relieving medication. It is also best to purchase a soft bristle toothbrush and to be gentle when brushing.
The most important thing you can do following your procedure is to always continue to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice daily and for at least two minutes each time and continue flossing regularly. It is also strongly advised to schedule preventative checkups every six months with Implant Dentistry and Periodontics for regular teeth cleaning and overall evaluations.
Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care
When you schedule an evaluation for a tooth exposure recovery with our thorough staff at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be impressed with the level of professionalism in our office and the advanced dental technology at our disposal in our office. We are very detail conscious and thorough because we understand how totally unique and different each of us really are. We are both conscientious and thoughtful in creating your personalized treatments, to ensure success that works for your desires and budget. The entire team focuses on the correction of a healthy smile, so every dental procedure we perform is with your best interests and oral health in mind.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, our clinic has a stress-free, relaxing, and calming atmosphere, and we want you to be confident with our abilities and services. Scheduling an appointment for a tooth exposure uncovery evaluation is a beneficial important step towards being proactive in you or your child’s oral health and regaining your healthy smile, healthy teeth, and gums. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Suite 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Suite 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.