Occasionally, certain permanent teeth will fail to erupt in a timely manner. This is especially true of the canine teeth. This can be particularly problematic when the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment as the treatment cannot be completed without all permanent teeth present. Our office often works in conjunction with an orthodontist to help speed up completion of braces through canine exposure surgery.
Canine exposure is performed under a local anesthetic. A small incision is then made over the position of the tooth and the gum tissue is reflected to expose the tooth. Any bone that may be blocking the pathway of eruption is removed and an orthodontic bracket may then be placed on the tooth. The area is typically allowed to heal for two to three weeks prior to the continuation of orthodontic treatment.
Canine exposure surgery allows the tooth to be positioned through orthodontics to ensure that the patient’s smile is straight and properly aligned.
Patients come to us for canine exposure from all over New York City, including Marine Park, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Canarsie, Mill Basin and surrounding areas in Brooklyn, NY.