Teeth Exposure

Doctor and patient during teeth exposure procedure

Sometimes a tooth becomes impacted, meaning that it never emerges and stays locked in the bone socket. An impacted tooth can happen for a number of reasons, but the longer it stays there the more at risk you are of having complications. Teeth exposure procedures at Novato Oral Surgery located in Novato, California, exposes the impacted tooth so steps can be taken to relieve you of your pain. Call the office to make an appointment today or book online.

Why does an impacted tooth even matter?

Not only does an impacted tooth cause pain and discomfort, there are a number of serious risks that come from ignoring an impacted tooth. Some of these include:

  • Increased risk of abscess
  • TMJ problems
  • Facial swelling
  • Trouble opening your mouth
  • Risk of infection
  • Sepsis

A teeth exposure procedure allows your Novato Oral Surgery provider to view your impacted tooth and either remove it or move it into place using an orthodontic procedure like the grid & chain. 

Why do I need a teeth exposure procedure?

An impacted tooth needs to be freed from its socket before serious problems arise. In fact, the longer you leave an impacted tooth the greater chance it has of fusing with the bone. A teeth exposure procedure at Novato Oral Surgery allows your surgeon access to the impacted tooth. A small bit of your gums and underlying bone is cut away to reveal the tooth inside. At that point it is either removed or the orthodontic process of moving the tooth into place can begin. 

Will I have to hide my smile after a teeth exposure procedure? 

Because of its name, many people are afraid their tooth and bone socket will be exposed to the world. Most times that is not the case. If you are using the grid & chain method of moving an impacted tooth into place your gums will be sewn around the bracket and only a tiny portion of the chain will be visible. 

If your impacted tooth is removed, your gums will be neatly sewn shut so nobody will be able to see any exposed bone. In a few weeks after everything has healed nobody will be able to tell you had the procedure in the first place. 

If you have an impacted tooth and want to be rid of the pain, call the Novato Oral Surgery office to schedule your teeth exposure procedure or conveniently book your appointment online.  

If you have an impacted tooth and want to be rid of the pain, call the Novato Oral Surgery office to schedule your teeth exposure procedure or conveniently book your appointment online.

Our doctors who provide this service

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Susan Snyder, DDS

Susan Snyder, DDS, MD, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in jaw alignment, wisdom teeth removal, facial reconstruction, oral pathology, and more. She takes the necessary time to make sure all her patients feel comfortable taking the time to explain each procedure and viable treatment options.

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Mahr Elder, DDS

Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.