Canine exposure is a dental procedure that intends to expose impacted teeth. An impacted tooth is one that has not emerged in the mouth, but instead becomes stuck in the surrounding bone or tissue in the jawbone. Although any tooth may become impacted, wisdom teeth and canine teeth are the most common ones. Canine teeth are critical for proper mouth functions. The mouth will also appear aesthetically odd and disproportioned without the canine teeth. The canine exposure procedure is quite simple. It involves the dentist cutting a small hole in the gum line, which allows the tooth to erupt where it’s intended. The dentist can also use a dental brace if needed to guide the tooth into its correct position.
Impacted teeth are sometimes obvious to the naked eye. But in some instances, an X-ray is needed to identify the extent of the impaction. Often times, there is an impacted canine tooth where the baby tooth remains in the mouth. A loose tooth can also be a signal that an impacted tooth may be lingering.