Each tooth in the mouth has a specific place where it fits to create a beautiful, full arch. A tooth that becomes stuck and does not erupt on its own is considered impacted. The goal of oral and maxillofacial surgery is to remove any impediments and expose the tooth so that it can move into the proper placement.
What are Impacted Canines?
The canine teeth are the second most common teeth to become impacted after the wisdom teeth. Canine teeth are located in the front of the jaw and are also called eye teeth because of their location directly below the eyes. Sometimes the canines are blocked by baby teeth that have not yet fallen out or by adult teeth that have not left enough space. Eye teeth play an integral role in biting and jaw alignment, so correcting impaction is important.
Treatment for Impacted Canines
Treatment may vary depending on the reason why the canine tooth is impacted. Extracting over-retained baby teeth may be a first step in providing more room for the impacted canines to erupt and unblocking their path. Dr. Clemenza may also pull the gum back to expose the impacted tooth and then place an orthodontic bracket on the tooth that is connected to the rest of your braces by a small chain. This helps to guide the tooth into place as it develops.
Call Our Practice to Schedule a Visit
Early detection and treatment of impacted canines can allow the teeth to naturally move into position and fill in the dental arch. An initial consultation is recommended around age seven to monitor the development of permanent teeth and identify potential risks for impaction. Schedule an appointment at Keystone OMS to have impacted teeth evaluated and treated to maintain a healthier smile. Contact our Hermitage office at (724) 981-8884 to get started.