Exposure of Teeth for Orthodontics

Orthodontic Surgical Exposure of Unerupted teeth
Delayed eruption of a permanent tooth may be a significant concern for patients. Teeth that have delayed eruption may be unable to erupt into the arch because they are malpositioned and impacted. These teeth need to be exposed surgically to place a bracket so the orthodontist can attach a wire or an elastic band to re-direct the tooth into the arch. The following pictures show how an impacted tooth is able to be guided into its normal position by this procedure.

BEFORE
Unerupted Upper Central Incisor

BEFORE
X-Ray Showing Impacted Upper Central Incisor

Exposed Central Incisor with Bracket

Central Incisor Moving into Arch with Rubber Chain

AFTER
Central Incisor in Normal Position

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