Expose and Bond
With certain children, some teeth may develop in the wrong position and not break through the gums, resulting in an impacted tooth (often the maxillary canines) covered by gum tissue and perhaps a thin layer of bone. If not treated, the impacted tooth may realign other teeth or damage the roots of adjacent teeth.
This may be especially apparent as the child is examined for braces by their orthodontist as the teeth need to be exposed for the arch for braces. We step in to uncover and expose the canine to allow it to break through. We can also bond the brackets for the orthodontist to pull down and bring into the arch. Throughout all of this, we maintain the gum tissue of the patient.