Impacted Canines

What are impacted canines?

When a tooth fails to emerge through the gums, it is considered to be an impacted tooth. This commonly occurs in the case of canine teeth. It is important to treat an impacted tooth in order to prevent the improper eruption of nearby teeth, cyst formation, possible infection or other negative changes in the jaw or adjacent teeth.

In order to determine the correct treatment for you, your orthodontist, general dentist, and/or Dr. Jon Flynn or Dr. Monique Flynn will examine your teeth and radiographs to determine the position of the impacted tooth as well as the condition of your gums. A cone beam 3-dimensional scan may be required to help determine the position of the tooth within the bone and gum tissue. One of the treatment options is to surgically expose the tooth in order to guide it to the right position in your jaw. In most cases, you will need to have space created in your jaw through orthodontics prior to the surgical treatment. Depending on the location, there are different methods of accomplishing the surgical exposure of your tooth.

The procedure involves exposing the impacted tooth from under the gum tissue and/or bone so an orthodontic bracket with a chain attached can be glued to the tooth. The chain is attached to the existing orthodontic appliances and activated by the orthodontist to move the tooth into position.

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Persons' mouth with a canine tooth being bracketed and exposed

Impacted tooth x-ray