This page of our website has been created to help potential patients learn more about exposure and bonding for orthodontic tooth movement. Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery is located in Atlanta and is an expert in the exposure and bonding for orthodontic tooth movement procedure.
An impacted tooth is the primary reason for this procedure. An impacted tooth is when a tooth fails to emerge from the gums. An impacted tooth can cause negative changes to the jaw, infection, cysts, or eruption of other teeth that are nearby. Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery will determine the best option for the procedure by using your X-ray. X-ray will show us the condition of your gums and the position of the impacted tooth.
There are two primary options for this procedure. The first method is to make an incision in the gums. This will allow the tooth an opportunity to breach the gum line on its own. Then we will usually place a protective dressing on the site of the incision until it heals. When this method is used it will allow the canine to become the same length as the teeth surrounding it. It is at this point where braces can be used to align the teeth.
The second method is to make an incision and attach an orthodontic bracket to the tooth. This orthodontic bracket is attached to a tiny chain that is then attached to your braces by your orthodontist. This method allows your gums to be put as close as possible to their original form. The chain will be the only thing visible after the procedure. The chain will guide your tooth to the right position over time.
Both methods will require the site of the incision to be sutured. You should not chew food in the area where the incisions were made for two weeks. If the chain method is used, you should not touch the chain with your hands or tongue. It is best to avoid placing your fingers in your mouth to avoid contaminating the incision area. Do not brush your teeth with toothpaste immediately after the procedure. You should only use salt water to rinse your mouth the day after the procedure unless we instruct otherwise. We will prescribe the necessary medications to help with pain and recovery.
If you have questions about this procedure or simply need reassurance, do not hesitate to contact us. Our job is not just to perform oral surgeries. Part of our job is to help patients and guardians set aside any pre-op anxiousness. Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery will be happy to help you before, during and after your exposure and bonding for orthodontic tooth movement procedure.