Expose & Bracket/ Impacted Canines

Expose & Bracket/ Impacted Canines

Canines can become impacted when they fail to erupt properly into the dental arch due to obstruction by surrounding teeth or bone. Expose and bracket is a surgical procedure performed by our orthodontists in Huntersville, NC, to aid in the eruption of impacted canines. It involves exposing the impacted tooth by making an incision in the gum tissue, attaching an orthodontic bracket to the tooth, and gradually guiding it into its correct position using orthodontic appliances.

This procedure is necessary to prevent dental misalignment, bite issues, and potential damage to surrounding teeth caused by the impaction of canines. By facilitating the eruption of impacted canines, expose and bracket treatment helps restore dental harmony, aesthetics, and function, ultimately promoting optimal oral health and alignment. 

The Expose and Bracket Procedure 

Preparatory Steps 

  • Before the procedure, the our dentist at The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants will conduct a thorough examination, possibly including X-rays, to assess the position of the impacted canines and plan the treatment. 
  • Based on the evaluation, a treatment plan will be formulated to address the impaction and facilitate proper eruption of the canines. 

Procedure Steps 

  • During the expose and bracket procedure, the dentist surgically exposes the impacted canine by making an incision in the gum tissue.  
  • An orthodontic bracket is then bonded to the exposed tooth, allowing for an orthodontic wire or chain attachment. 
  • Over time, the dentist will use braces or other orthodontic appliances to apply gentle pressure to the impacted tooth, guiding it into its correct position within the dental arch. 

Post-Procedure Care 

  • Proper post-operative care is essential to promote surgical site healing and minimize discomfort. 
  • Regular orthodontic visits will be scheduled to monitor progress and adjust the orthodontic appliances. 
  • Following the dentist's instructions regarding oral hygiene, diet, and appliance care is crucial for successful treatment outcomes. Contact us today to learn more! 

Other Treatment Options for Impacted Canines 

Orthodontic Treatment 

Orthodontic intervention is often the first line of treatment for impacted canines, especially in younger patients whose facial and dental development is still ongoing. Dentists can use braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances to create space in the dental arch and guide impacted canines into their proper positions over time. This process may involve gradual adjustments to the braces or aligners to align the teeth and encourage the canines to erupt.  

Surgical Extraction 

Surgical extraction may be necessary in some cases, particularly if the impacted canine is severely positioned or causing significant complications. This involves the removal of the impacted tooth by an oral surgeon under local or general anesthesia. While extraction is typically considered a last resort, it may be necessary to alleviate pain, prevent infection, or address other dental issues associated with the impacted canine. 

The Benefits of Expose & Bracket Treatment for Impacted Canines 

Facilitates Proper Eruption 

  • Expose and bracket treatment facilitates the eruption of impacted canines by guiding them into their correct positions within the dental arch. 
  • Expose and bracket treatment in Huntersville, NC, helps alleviate potential complications associated with impaction, such as dental crowding or misalignment, by creating a pathway for the impacted tooth to emerge. 

Preserves Tooth Structure 

  • Unlike other treatment options, such as surgical extraction, expose and bracket treatment preserves the impacted canine's natural tooth structure.  
  • Exposure and bracket treatment guides the tooth into its proper position, ensuring that the full potential of the impacted canine is realized, contributing to a more harmonious and balanced smile. 

Prevents Dental Crowding 

  • Impacted canines can lead to dental crowding, as neighboring teeth may shift or become misaligned in response to the obstruction. 
  • Expose and bracket treatment helps prevent dental crowding by creating space for the impacted canine to erupt, promoting proper dental alignment and occlusion. 

Enhances Facial Aesthetics 

  • Canine teeth play a crucial role in facial aesthetics, contributing to the smile’s symmetry and balance.  
  • By facilitating the eruption of impacted canines, expose and bracket treatment enhances facial aesthetics and restores confidence in one's smile. 

Improves Oral Function 

  • Properly aligned canines contribute to improved chewing function, speech clarity, and overall oral health and function. 
  • Expose and bracket treatment ensures that the impacted canines are positioned correctly within the dental arch, allowing for optimal oral function and comfort. 

Boosts Self-Confidence 

  • Dental issues such as impacted canines can impact self-esteem and confidence in social and professional settings. 
  • Expose and bracket treatment addresses these concerns by restoring dental alignment and aesthetics, empowering individuals to smile with confidence and pride. 

Impacted canines can challenge oral health and aesthetics, but exposure and bracket treatment offer a viable solution. By facilitating the eruption of impacted canines, this treatment preserves tooth structure, prevents dental crowding, enhances facial aesthetics, improves oral function, and boosts self-confidence. If you're experiencing issues related to impacted canines, visit The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants at 9713 Northcross Center Court, Suite 100, Huntersville, NC 28078, or call (704) 875-8833 to explore the benefits of expose and bracket treatment and unlock the full potential of your smile. 


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