Unerupted tooth exposure is often necessary in conjunction with specialist orthodontic treatment in cases where a permanent tooth has not erupted into the mouth but instead is stuck buried underneath the gums. In these cases the gums in the vicinity of the unerupted tooth are raised in order to expose the tooth. If the unerupted tooth is buried under bone then some bone removal may be necessary in order to fully expose the tooth. A bracket and chain is then bonded to the tooth before the gums are replaced. Following healing, the orthodontist can then use the bracket and chain to drag the tooth into its proper position in the mouth.