Impacted canine teeth are guided into the dental arch through an expose and bond procedure, which is a team effort between your oral surgeon and orthodontist.

Impacted Canines

Canine teeth are very important because they bite and tear food. If a canine tooth does not properly erupt into the dental arch and remains trapped beneath the gum, it is considered to be impacted. Treatment for impacted canine teeth is a joint effort between your oral surgeon and your orthodontist.

The Expose and Bond Procedure

This procedure’s name is very telling. Your oral surgeon will expose the impacted tooth and bond a chain to it; your orthodontist will make sure it properly aligns with your other teeth and guide it into the dental arch. During your appointment with Dr. Glosenger, he will make a small incision to expose the tooth. He will attach a bracket and gold chain to the tooth, which will hang down from the tooth’s spot in the dental arch. Then, your orthodontist will attach the chain to your braces or framework. Over time, the chain will pull the canine into its proper spot in the dental arch.

The Dangers of Leaving an Impacted Canine Untreated

If a professional does not treat an impacted tooth, the chances of it ever erupting into its proper position are very slim. It will likely remain trapped beneath the gum and pose a threat to your oral health in many ways:
  • Cysts or tumors may form around the tooth.
  • Impacted teeth can push other teeth out of place if it ever does erupt.
  • Pain, bad breath, and a bad taste in your mouth are common symptoms.
  • It could damage the roots of nearby teeth.
  • Gums can become red or swollen and may frequently bleed.
Dr. Glosenger and his team at North Dakota Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center are highly skilled in making sure that your child’s teeth properly develop and your oral health is taken care of. Contact our office to schedule a consultation, and we will design a treatment plan that is right for you.
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Minot,  ND 58701
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