John a Carroll DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial John A. Carroll DDS Colorado Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

John A. Carroll, DDS
Colorado Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

26 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 740
Littleton, CO 80120
303 224 0500 PH
303 224 0606 FX


Canine Exposures

X-ray of impacted caninesSometimes, upper canine teeth lose their ability to spontaneously erupt into normal, functional, esthetic, and maintainable positions in the upper dental arch. When this happens, surgical and orthodontic interventions are necessary. Surgical exposure of impacted maxillary canine teeth often involves elevating the palatal soft tissue from its attachment to the underlying bone, creating a window in that bone to fully expose the anatomical crown of the impacted tooth, and bonding an orthodontic bracket with an attached chain to that crown. The elevated soft tissue is then repositioned and sutured in place. The loose end of the chain is affixed to the orthodontic arch wire. Soon after surgery, your orthodontist will apply traction to the chain and begin moving the impacted canine tooth into its proper position in your upper dental arch.

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