tooth exposure is a process that facilitates the eruption process and moves teeth
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Tooth Exposure in Rockford, Dixon, Janesville, and Madison
Although most primary and permanent teeth naturally erupt, there are times when this does not occur. When teeth do not naturally erupt, it may be necessary to schedule an appointment for tooth exposure, a process that facilitates the eruption process and moves teeth to their proper positions. The specific type of tooth exposure treatment will vary depending upon the location of the tooth and the manner in which it is impacted, but most treatment plans involve making space for the eruption to occur and the use of braces or other orthodontic appliances. If left untreated, impacted teeth can cause a range of oral health issues, such as gum disease, cysts, infection, decay, cavities, or misalignment of teeth.
Teeth can become impacted for a variety of reasons, the most common of which include:
Discrepancies in arch length or tooth size
Early loss or prolonged retention of primary canine
Tooth bud abnormally positioned
Tooth fused to the bone
Large curves of the root
With over 60,000 dental surgeries performed and over 20,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for tooth exposure, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.
What to Expect During the Tooth Exposure Procedure
Diagnostic exams such as X-Rays or Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) will be performed to determine the position of your impacted tooth and whether the tooth is impacted buccally or palatally to determine which surgical technique is necessary. Once this is determined, the tooth exposure process typically begins with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, gum tissue is removed to expose the tooth. If there is a baby tooth present, it will be removed. Otherwise, a bracket with a small chain is placed over the tooth and the process of moving your tooth to the proper space can begin. Once properly positioned, the gums are sewn shut, leaving just enough room for the chain to be accessible through the gum. After this appointment, your orthodontist will attach a rubber band to the chain and gently pull the tooth to the proper position. This is a very gradual process that may take up to one year to complete, but it is necessary to move slowly, as the goal is to encourage the tooth to erupt, not to be extracted. You will schedule a follow-up appointment approximately one to two weeks following this procedure.
Once the tooth has moved to the desired position, a final evaluation of your gums will be conducted to ensure they are strong and healthy. If it is determined that your gums are not sufficiently strong and healthy, it may be necessary to perform minor gum surgery in order to support the gums. Otherwise, your tooth exposure process will be complete and you can begin to enjoy a bright, full healthy smile.
Aftercare Following Tooth Exposure
To minimize post-procedural risks and ensure a speedy recovery, follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist.
To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
Avoid disturbing the wound
To reduce bleeding, apply a gauze pad over the wound for approximately 30 minutes, replacing the gauze as needed. Contact our office if the bleeding does not stop.
To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
Maintain good oral hygiene by thoroughly brushing your mouth after every meal and rinsing with warm salt water several times throughout the day
Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible
Begin with a liquid diet and slowly advance to soft foods, such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup, retuning to a normal diet as soon as you can
If you follow these general guidelines and any additional post-operative instructions provided, you should enjoy a quick recovery process.
Cost of Tooth Exposure
The cost of tooth exposure will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, how many visits are required to complete the procedure, any additional procedures that need to be performed, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
Periodontal Care You Can Trust at Featherstone
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early, and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care. Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for tooth exposure, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.