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MV Ortho Corrects Unerupted Teeth

Mona Vale Exposure and Bonding

Teeth bongding Mona ValeSometimes teeth become impacted or don’t erupt properly into the mouth due to lack of space, positioning or even a retained baby tooth that falls out much later than nature usually intends for it to. In these types of situations, your orthodontist may recommend an additional procedure called an “exposure and bonding” to help bring the tooth down into alignment with the rest.

In the majority of exposure and bonding cases, it’s typically the upper canines (eye teeth) that are involved.

Helping Teeth Come in Correctly

During an exposure and bonding treatment, the unerupted tooth is surgically exposed by making a minor incision around it. The surgery is minimally invasive, so local anaesthetic is usually all that’s needed to keep you comfortable.

After the tooth is exposed, we bond a small bracket and chain onto it, which places mild force on the tooth to pull it down so that it “erupts” into your arch.

Without your natural tooth pulled into alignment, it is challenging to achieve an asymmetrical bite even with orthodontic appliances. As such, orthodontists tend to create more room for these teeth to be brought down as opposed to leaving them inside of the bone.

Common With Younger Patients

Exposure and bonding of unerupted teeth is usually something that’s performed on our paediatric patients or during the early adolescent years, because of how their mouths are developing at this age. During your family’s consultation, we will explain everything involved, what can be expected and the recovery period needed following the procedure.

How Can We Help?

If your family dentist or orthodontist has told you that something supplemental needs to be done to help unerupted canines or other teeth come into occlusion (a biting relationship) with the other teeth, an exposure and bonding procedure is usually what’s needed. Contact us today to request a consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Impacted Teeth Mona Vale | (02) 9979 7155