When a permanent tooth does not naturally erupt, it may be necessary to perform a tooth exposure to ensure teeth move to their proper position. Teeth may become impacted and require tooth exposure for various reasons. One of the most common reasons for performing tooth exposure is due to wisdom teeth failing to naturally erupt, which can occur because of overcrowding or the tooth overlapping with back molars or being at an angle. Teeth can also become impacted in children who lack an adequate amount of space for all of their permanent teeth. While there are some teeth (molars in particular) that can be removed without significantly altering the overall functionality and aesthetic appearance of the teeth, more prominent teeth that are more visible and serve important functions need to come in fully, which may necessitate tooth exposure to be performed.

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The Tooth Exposure Procedure

An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine the cause of your impacted tooth or teeth and if tooth exposure is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have.

If it is determined that tooth exposure is necessary, your follow-up appointment will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Next, a small incision is made to expose the crown, and if necessary, the removal of bony tissue to create a clear pathway. Finally, a bracket with a tiny chain is attached and bonded onto to the tooth, after which the gums will be returned to their original location and sewn shut, leaving a small amount of the chain visible through the gum.

A follow-up visit will be scheduled within the next two weeks, during which we will begin to lightly pull at the tooth into the proper position, using a rubber band to the chain. This process is done very gradually, so it is important to be patient as the tooth works to erupt over time. Once your tooth has moved to its final position, we will evaluate your gums to ensure they are sufficiently healthy and strong. If necessary, minor gum surgery may be performed to support the gums, otherwise your tooth exposure process will be complete and you can begin to enjoy a balanced smile with strong structural integrity.

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Aftercare Following Tooth Exposure

Following a tooth exposure procedure, it is common to experience some soreness, but this can typically be managed with over the counter pain relieving medication. Once you have fully recovered, you can return to your normal diet and self-care practices. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time, remembering to also brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth. Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will maximize your recovery process and continue to enjoy good oral health!

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Cost of Tooth Exposure

The cost of tooth exposure is contingent on a variety of factors, including additional procedures being performed, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.

Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.

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Schedule Your Appointment

At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more or schedule an appointment for tooth exposure, contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!