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Brockton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons | Brockton dental care | MA | Canine Exposure for Orthodontics

Southeastern Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

John F. Coyne, DMD

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Canine Exposure for Orthodontics

Canine exposures are necessary when:

  • one or two of the teeth "get stuck" in the jaw bone and do not erupt into the mouth  - this can make it difficult  for an orthodontist to straighten the teeth and correct the bite
  • impacted teeth can damage roots of the surrounding healthy teeth


The canine exposure procedure "exposes" the impacted tooth making it more accessible to the orthodontist. Any tooth can become impacted, but the majority of the cases involve the wisdom teeth and canine teeth.  Unlike the wisdom teeth, the canines are critical for function and are necessary to complete an esthetically pleasing  smile. 

Impacted teeth are sometimes obvious to the naked eye, but in most instances, an x-ray is necessary to identify the extent of the impaction. The technology in our office allows us to obtain a focused CT image of the area. This is a great asset to the surgeon and greatly decreases surgery time and time under anesthesia. After the location of the impacted tooth is determined, the procedure is quite simple.  A small hole is created in the gum, allowing the tooth to erupt.  Sometimes a dental brace is placed to guide the tooth into its correct position.  

Brockton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. John Coyne provides Dental Implants, Wisdom Tooth Extraction, Sedation Dentistry, Dentistry to Special Needs Children, Same Day Dental Emergency Service and more. Dental Insurance is accepted. Proudly Serving the following locations: Randolph, MA, Abington, MA, Easton, MA, New Bedford, MA. Randolph, MA, Fall River, MA and other surrounding areas.