Tooth Exposure in Columbus, OH
Stoner Periodontics has offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Springfield, and Chillicothe.
What is Permanent Tooth Exposure and Uncovery?
Permanent tooth exposure and uncovering consist of exposing impacted permanent teeth that have failed to erupt through the gums. Typically impacted teeth are assumed to be wisdom teeth that don’t erupt due with to overcrowding, overlapping with back molars, or being turned at an angle. However, it is not uncommon for one or more permanent teeth to not erupt through a child’s gums for a variety of reasons.
Who Needs Tooth Exposure?
Children whose permanent teeth are erupting but lack sufficient space for them to fully come in may need tooth exposure. It is extremely important to ensure all impacted teeth are given a good amount of space to grow in to ensure the harmony of the smile.
Wisdom teeth which are impacted are often simply removed, but more prominent teeth the front of the mouth and major molars requires for chewing and a solid bit need to be enabled to come in fully. Canine teeth can easily become impacted if the neighboring teeth do not provide the needed space for the full tooth to grow in. Also known as “eye teeth”, these teeth are used for biting and chewing, and should be saved if possible. Canines can develop the wrong position or may be behind other teeth entering the mouth, 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 other cases, the teeth come in along the natural arch, but only the tip of the teeth are showing past the gum line. You may be wondering why your child’s canine teeth are so small when only the tip shows and the rest is actually still buried under the gumline.
Home Care After Tooth Exposure
Once the procedure is finished, the periodontist will have the patient come back into the office for a follow-up visit to ensure the impacted tooth and the surrounding areas are healing nicely. It is incredibly important that the patient maintain a good oral hygiene routine to ensure a fast and healthy healing process. Treating impacted teeth early can help resolve issue and prevent further problems with your child’s bite.
Some soreness may occur after the procedure which can easily be alleviated using an over-the-counter pain-relieving medication. Brushing with a soft bristle brush and flossing carefully around each tooth can help keep the gums healthy during and after final tooth eruption, and cut down on the pressure and discomfort caused by new teeth coming in.
Ask us About Permanent Tooth Exposure or Uncovering
If you are interested in more information about tooth exposure or uncovering at Stoner Periodontic Specialists, give us a call. One of our team members will answer your questions and can schedule you for an evaluation. We recommend tooth exposure or uncovering for impacted permanent teeth in children, especially canine teeth.