What is a surgical exposure?
Surgical exposure, also known as forced traction, is a procedure where a tooth that has not come through the gums is exposed and an orthodontic appliance is applied to help guide it into its normal position in the mouth. This procedure is done jointly by the oral surgeon who exposes the tooth and the orthodontist who applies the necessary forces to guide the eruption of the tooth into its normal position. The most affected teeth are the canines. Prior to the surgery, your orthodontist will place braces and advise you on the ideal timing of your surgery.
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