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Surgical tooth exposure is a procedure that is done to expose a tooth that is not visible in the mouth, typically a tooth that is impacted or unerupted. This procedure is typically done when a tooth is not able to come in on its own, or when orthodontic treatment is needed to bring the tooth into proper alignment.
The procedure is typically done by a specialist and it’s done under local anesthesia or IV sedation. It involves making an incision in the gums to expose the tooth, and then attaching an orthodontic bracket and chain to the tooth. This allows the tooth to be moved into proper alignment using orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners.
After the procedure, the patient may experience some discomfort and swelling, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. The orthodontic treatment may continue for several months to a year, depending on the individual case.
Surgical tooth exposure is a successful procedure in most cases. However, there is a risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, or changes in the shape of the gums. It’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with one of our doctors before undergoing the procedure, and to follow the post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.
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