Impacted canines, also referred to as un-erupted canines, refers to a condition in which the canine tooth could not erupt in its proper place and requires treatment.
The Causes of Impacted Canines
Impacted canines often result from overcrowding of the teeth. If there is not enough space in the jaw for all the teeth, adjacent teeth may block the canine from coming into the proper positioning.
Impacted canines can also result from unusual growths in the gums or bone overlying the canine blocking the tooth from eruption. Similarly, when a baby canine does not fall out in an appropriate time, it may block the permanent canine from emerging from the gums normally.
Treatment for Impacted Canines
The first step in treating this dental condition is to have an x-ray of the teeth of the patient. Depending on positioning of the tooth, we may take digital x-rays or a 3D CT scan. With this, we can determine the cause of impaction and develop a surgical plan for treatment.
If the cause of impaction is due to overcrowding or retained baby teeth, we may have to extract teeth to create enough space for your canine. Oftentimes, even when adequate space is cleared, the impacted canine will need assistance to erupt into proper positioning. In these cases, the impacted tooth is surgically exposed, and an orthodontic bracket attached to a chain is bonded to the tooth. Your orthodontist will use this chain to help pull the impacted canine into proper alignment!
You must see your orthodontist after 1 to 14 days following your operation to manage the eruption process of the stuck canines. You may experience some slight discomfort after the surgery in the form of pain or swelling. You may apply ice packs to affected areas or use prescribed pain medications. If you encounter any other problems after your operation, it is recommended that you call us here at Pacific Maxillofacial Center, right away.
We would love to help to ensure the safety of your teeth and make them healthier. Should you have any questions, or want more information on the procedure, then give us a call today at 808-585-8455.