Canine Exposure

Canine Exposure for Orthodontics

An impacted tooth is one that has not erupted in the mouth, and has instead become stuck in the bone or tissue. Generally, the wisdom teeth and canine teeth are the most likely candidates, but any tooth can fall victim. Canine teeth are critical for use, and the mouth will appear odd without the canines. This procedure is quite simple, as it involves the dentist cutting a small hole in the gum, which allows the tooth to erupt. The dentist will also use a dental brace to guide the tooth into its correct position.

Impacted teeth are often obvious to the naked eye, but an x-ray may be necessary to identify the extent of the impaction. Many times, there is an impacted canine tooth where the baby tooth remains in the mouth. A loose tooth may also indicate that an impacted tooth may be present.