Exposure of Unerupted Teeth

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During the replacement from baby teeth to adult teeth, there are cases where new adult teeth do not erupt along their normal path of eruption. This often causes a delay in the eruption of the new tooth, which can also lead to the mal-positioning of this new tooth or even adjacent teeth. These obstructions in eruption of the new tooth may be due to crowded adjacent teeth, thick overlying gum or abnormally thick overlying bone structures. Surgical exposure can be done on such a tooth, to create a window opening where an orthodontic bracket can be placed onto the surgically exposed buried surface of the tooth. Allowing the placement of the orthodontic bracket will enable the orthodontist to gently manoeuvre the unerupted tooth into a path which allows good final tooth alignment. The exposure procedure is done under local anaesthesia. Patients are generally advised to stay well rested, and avoid contact sports and swimming activities for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.