Impacted teeth refer to teeth that have not properly erupted through the bone in your jaw. Most commonly, impacted teeth are the canines in the upper jaw and wisdom teeth. Impacted tooth exposure is a routine procedure at our Seattle, WA oral surgery office and one we commonly perform on pediatric patients undergoing orthodontic treatment, though teens and adults have this treatment, too. With proper exposure and eruption, teeth have adequate space to grow and develop correct bite function, which ensures better oral health long-term and reduces the need for costly or extensive restorative treatment in the future. Since many of the patients we see for this procedure are young children and teens, we make it our top priority to provide a relaxing, safe, and comfortable atmosphere. Dr. Matthew Epstein, our skilled oral surgeon, is passionate about establishing relationships with his patients and welcomes you to our practice to discuss your or your child’s options for impacted teeth.
Precise, Pre-Planned, and Collaborative Care
Our goal is to focus on your individual patient needs so that we can properly plan your treatment and ensure the success of your surgical procedure. Dr. Epstein likes to sit down with each of his patients to discuss what you or your child can expect from treatment. While still surgery, exposure of impacted canines is rarely a complex procedure and we are equipped to complete it comfortably right here in our office. Exposure of impacted teeth involves working alongside you or your child’s orthodontist to create proper room for the tooth to erupt. Then, during a surgical procedure, Dr. Epstein will gently expose the canine by removing gum tissue and bone and attach a small bracket to the tooth. Your orthodontist will use this bracket to carefully guide the tooth into its proper and final position.
Choose the Experts for Your Surgery
As a board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Epstein has achieved the highest level of training in surgical procedures like impacted tooth exposure. Coupled with the genuine passion he and our team share for each of our patients, we help you experience a comfortable and pleasant surgery with us. If an orthodontist has recommended that you or your child receive this surgery, we welcome you to our practice!