Welcome to the official page for Surgical Exposure at Ottawa Orthodontists, where specialized care meets dental innovation. This pivotal procedure is meticulously crafted to guide impacted teeth into their correct alignment, contributing to a robust, vibrant smile. Our seasoned team of periodontists at Ottawa Orthodontists, backed by over twenty years of collective experience, is dedicated to providing this vital service with precision and care.
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What is Surgical Exposure?
Surgical exposure is a coordinated procedure performed in collaboration with expert orthodontists. It’s aimed at patients with impacted teeth – teeth that have not erupted properly and are stuck beneath the gum line. Impacted teeth can lead to various dental issues, including misalignment of other teeth, infections, and gum disease.
Benefits of Surgical Exposure
- Enhanced Oral Health: By exposing the impacted tooth, we reduce the risk of infections and gum diseases associated with teeth that remain hidden underneath the gums.
- Aesthetic Improvement: This procedure is essential in orthodontic treatments, as it allows the impacted tooth to be moved into its correct position, contributing to a more aligned and appealing smile.
- Preventive Care: Early intervention with surgical exposure can prevent more severe complications that might require extensive dental work in the future.
How is Surgical Exposure Performed?
- Consultation & Planning: The process begins with a thorough examination, including imaging, to assess the position of the impacted tooth and plan the procedure.
- Collaboration with Orthodontists: We work closely with experienced orthodontists who will prepare the surrounding teeth and guide the impacted tooth after the exposure.
- The Procedure: Under local anesthesia, a small incision is made in the gum to reveal the impacted tooth. In some cases, a small bracket and chain are attached to the tooth, which will help in guiding it to its proper place over time.
- Recovery & Aftercare: After the procedure, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions. The orthodontist will then take over to gently guide the tooth into its desired position.
Frequently asked questions
An impacted tooth is one that has not erupted through the gum and into the mouth as it should normally. It’s often identified during a dental examination, which may include X-rays. Common signs include pain or tenderness in the gums, difficulty opening the mouth, and a noticeable gap where a tooth hasn’t come in. However, some impacted teeth are asymptomatic and are discovered only through routine dental imaging.
The Surgical Exposure procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which means you shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery. After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or as prescribed by Dr. Bouclin. Our team will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
The initial healing of the gum tissue where the incision was made typically takes a few days to a week. However, the complete process of guiding the impacted tooth into its proper position can take several months, depending on the individual case and the tooth’s response to the orthodontic treatment. Dr. Bouclin will monitor your progress closely and work with your orthodontist to ensure optimal results.
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