Release of Gum Fibers Around Teeth to Help Prevent Tooth Rotation
This minor procedure is used when rotated teeth have been straightened by orthodontic treatment.  The rotation of these teeth into the correct orientation through orthodontic tooth movement creates tension in the fibers attaching the gums to the teeth so that the teeth attempt to rotate back to their original orientation when the orthodontic appliances are removed. A small incision is made between the gums and the teeth to release the fibers attaching the gums to the teeth allowing the fibers to relax and reattach to the tooth with the tooth in the correct orientation. No sutures are needed and minimal bleeding or discomfort occurs. This procedure decreases the chance of the tooth rotating back to the orientation it had prior to the orthodontic treatment.