When a tooth fails to fully erupt from the gum tissue, it is known as an impacted or unerupted tooth.  This condition can have many causes, such as severe crowding, problems with baby teeth, extra or missing adult teeth, or unusual growths that may block a tooth’s eruption.

Most commonly affecting wisdom teeth, this condition can be diagnosed and treated with a personalised treatment plan from Wisdom, which may include extraction of teeth, or surgical exposure of the unerupted tooth.

Exposure surgery involves removal of gum tissue and overlying bone, to expose the impacted tooth underneath. With the space created we can then attach an orthodontic appliance to help the impacted tooth erupt. The final step is orthodontic treatment to slowly move the exposed tooth into its proper position.

For your exposure surgery at Wisdom, we can provide you with several anaesthetic options to suit your situation, such as local anaesthesia, general anaesthesia, intravenous sedation or Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas).