Tooth Exposure Uncovery

Tooth Exposure Uncovery

Tooth Exposure Uncovery Columbus, OH

Tooth exposure is a procedure where a dentist uncovers a permanent tooth that has not erupted. To free the gum from being stuck underneath the bone or impacted by the gum, a small incision will be made through which your tooth can erupt. The most common need for tooth exposure is when wisdom teeth fail to erupt. It is also not uncommon for children to have permanent teeth that fail to erupt and require the need for tooth exposure.

At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of tooth exposure uncovery for you or your child.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call our office conveniently located in Columbus, OH at (614) 864-2561 or request an appointment online.

Some Common Causes of Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth can develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common reasons include:

  • The loss of primary canine or prolonged retention.
  • There are arch length or tooth size discrepancies.
  • The tooth bud is abnormally positioned.
  • There are root dilacerations.
  • Ankylosis (tooth fused to bone).

Are You or Your Child a Candidate for Tooth Exposure Uncovery?

A child whose permanent teeth are erupting but lack adequate space for them to fully come in may need tooth exposure uncovery. It is important that all impacted teeth are given enough space to grow in to ensure the harmony of the smile.

Wisdom teeth which are impacted are often simply removed, but teeth in the front of the mouth and major molars required for chewing need to be enabled to come in fully. Canine teeth will easily become impacted if the neighboring teeth do not provide sufficient space. Also known as “eye teeth”, these teeth should be saved if possible. Canines can develop in the wrong position left with little to no room to grow in fully.

Impacted canine teeth are often camped in the roof of the mouth, behind other teeth. In some cases, the tooth come in along the natural arch, but only the tip of the tooth is showing past the gum line.

The Benefits of Tooth Exposure Uncovery

To ensure the impacted tooth in yours or your child’s mouth is positioned correctly, a tooth exposure uncovery may be needed. This procedure can quickly and easily shift the impacted tooth away from its restrictions and allow us to reposition it into place.

If you have impacted canine teeth, you will notice a dramatic difference once your teeth are readjusted and realigned. These teeth are the cornerstones of your mouth and can make a huge cosmetic difference. Your facial structure will benefit as the canines provide support for the corners of the mouth while smiling and help keep the area above the lips plumped out and full.

Having impacted teeth exposed or uncovered will have major benefits for your long-term dental health. When the bite pressure of the mouth is not evenly distributed, it can cause some teeth to be overloaded and become damaged. Exposing the tooth, allowing it to come in fully, provides benefits in the form of a complete and aligned arch, better biting and chewing ability, and a more correct occlusion or bite.

The Tooth Exposure Uncovery Process

Before the procedure begins, East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry will perform an examination to determine the position of the problematic tooth. We will take x-rays or scans to determine the best approach for exposing the tooth.

If it is a simple procedure, we will begin by administering a local anesthetic. Once numb, we then start lifting the gum tissue over the tooth, which will allow for a bracket to be placed. Following the placement of this bracket, our team will return your gum to its original location and suture it back.

Next, we will schedule a follow up appointment. At this appointment, we will attach a rubber band to a chain on the bracket and begin a gentle pulling force, which will start the process of moving the tooth to its correct place. This is a gradual process.


The Cost of Your Tooth Exposure Uncovery

The cost of your tooth exposure uncovery will vary depending on your individual needs and your treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.

Affordable Payment Plans

Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We will work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.

Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.

A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care

The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.

Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.

Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.