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Alan Paul Friz, DDS | Canine Exposure in Huntingburg

Family and Implant Dentistry of Huntingburg, LLC

 

1411 N Chestnut Street                                                         
Huntingburg, IN 47542                                                         
812-683-5810                                                          

 

Canine Exposure for Orthodontics

 

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Canine exposure has nothing to do with leaving your dog outside, exposed to the elements. It is a procedure to expose impacted teeth. An impacted tooth is one that has not erupted in the mouth, but instead becomes stuck in the surrounding bone or tissue.  Any tooth may become impacted, but generally, the wisdom teeth and canine teeth are the most likely candidates.  Canine teeth are critical for function. The mouth will also appear aesthetically odd without the canines. The procedure is quite simple. It involves Dr. Friz cutting a small hole in the gum, which allows the tooth to erupt. The exposed canine may need orthodontic [braces] treatment to guide it into place.

Impacted teeth are sometimes obvious to the naked eye, but in some instances, an –x-ray is necessary to identify the extent of the impaction. Many times, there is an impacted canine tooth where the baby tooth remains in the mouth. A loose tooth is also a sign that an impacted tooth may be present.

 
 
Huntingburg Dentist | Canine Exposure. Alan Friz is a Huntingburg Dentist.