Expose and bond is a dental procedure used to treat impacted teeth, particularly canines or eyeteeth, which are located near the front of the mouth and are crucial for proper bite alignment and aesthetics. When these teeth fail to emerge naturally or become impacted, they can cause dental problems and require treatment.
The expose and bond procedure involves two main steps:
Exposing the Impacted Tooth: The dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the impacted tooth. If necessary, the dentist may also remove some of the surrounding bone tissue to allow the tooth to move into the correct position.
Bonding an Orthodontic Bracket: Once the tooth is exposed, the dentist will bond an orthodontic bracket to the tooth's surface using dental cement. The bracket is connected to an archwire that is used to guide the tooth into its correct position over time. The archwire is adjusted periodically to gradually move the tooth into the desired location.
After the tooth has been successfully guided into its correct position, the orthodontic bracket and wire are removed, and the tooth is evaluated to ensure proper alignment and function.
Overall, expose and bond is a safe and effective dental procedure that can help correct impacted teeth and improve oral function and aesthetics. It is typically performed by an orthodontist or oral surgeon and may be combined with other orthodontic treatments to achieve the desired results.