What to Expect During the Tooth Exposure Procedure
Prior to scheduling a procedure for tooth exposure, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bite, plaque and bone structure and review your medical and oral health history. It will also be necessary to take an X-Ray or other diagnostic exam to determine if the tooth is impacted palatally or buccally. Once this is determined, the tooth exposure procedure will typically include the following steps:
- A local anesthetic and/or dental sedation is administered to reduce pain, discomfort, and/or anxiety during the procedure.
- Once you are properly numbed/sedated, gum tissue is removed to access the tooth.
- A bracket with a chain is placed over your tooth, which will be used to facilitate the eruption process.
- Once the bracket is secured and in place, the area is sutured shut, allowing just enough room for the chain to remain accessible.
- At your follow-up appointment (which is typically scheduled within 1-2 weeks), a rubber band is attached to the chain to gradually pull the tooth to its proper position for eruption. This process will continue until the eruption process is complete.
How Much Does Tooth Exposure Cost?
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to making sure you understand what the cost of treatment will be and will do everything we can to help you maximize your dental health benefits and explore third-party financing plans if necessary. One of our business coordinators will be happy to conduct a complimentary benefits analysis for you when you are in the office.
If you do not have insurance and are concerned about the cost of periodontal care, you are not alone. We understand that cost of periodontal treatment is one of the biggest concerns our patients have and are committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve, and that cost of treatment does not prevent this from happening. To learn more about all the financial options we offer, contact our office today.
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and financing.
Aftercare Instructions Following Tooth Exposure
Following tooth exposure, it is essential that you closely follow aftercare instructions provided by your periodontist. In addition to following these instructions, additional steps you can take to minimize post-procedural issues include:
- Discomfort or pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain relieving medication. Follow recommended dosages, and if prescribed painkillers, take as directed until the prescription runs out.
- Swelling can be controlled by placing ice packs over the affected area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. It is important to not leave the ice pack on for too long, as doing so reduces blood flow, which can slow the healing process.
- Avoid using a straw, rinsing, or spitting for 24 hours.
- Do not brush or floss for the first 24 hours. When you resume your oral hygiene routine, practice gentle brushing techniques as the area heals. You may begin flossing your natural teeth, but do not use floss on the dental implant.
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods and follow a soft food diet (yogurt, pudding, applesauce, soup), slowly reintroducing harder foods as discomfort subsides and healing progresses.
- Rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 48 hours, possibly longer depending on the severity of your case.
Personalized Care and High Quality Services
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, you can be confident that you will have an unparalleled dental experience. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals are committed to providing the highest level of periodontal support and taking time to get to know our patients. We believe that developing this level of trust and open communication is an essential component to understanding your unique needs and providing you with optimal care.
If you have additional questions about tooth exposure or would like to schedule an appointment, new patients can contact us at (810) 412-1044 and current patients can contact us at (810) 987-1400.