Canine exposure is a procedure to expose impacted teeth. An impacted tooth is one that has not erupted in the mouth and instead becomes stuck in the surrounding bone or tissue. Generally, the wisdom teeth and canine teeth are most likely to become impacted. Canine teeth are critical for the structure of the mouth as well as biting. In some instances, an X-ray is necessary to identify the extent of the impaction.
The procedure to correct impacted canine teeth is fairly simple:
- The dentist cuts a small hole in the gum, which allows the tooth to erupt.
- A dental brace is used to guide the tooth into its correct position.