Options for Treating an Impacted Canine

Is your canine impacted? If so, we can help by giving you the dental relief you need. An impacted canine can affect the surrounding teeth and gums, and make your teeth feel sore and uncomfortable. The following information will help you decide what to do if this type of dental currently affects you.

How Does A Canine Become Impacted?

If your front teeth do not have enough room because of misalignment, you may not have enough room for your canines to come through the gums. When this happens, your canines become impacted. The canines, especially the ones on the top, are the second most common type of teeth to become impacted. The first most common teeth are the third molars, or wisdom teeth. If a wisdom tooth, which is located in the very back of the mouth, does not emerge, it is usually removed. However, the solution is not so simple when removing a canine tooth.

Why Upper Canines Need To Be Exposed And Aligned

You need your upper canines to ensure the proper alignment of the rest of your teeth. If the teeth become misaligned, you can suffer from uneven tooth wear, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, or bruxism (grinding of the teeth). In addition, if the canines are not exposed and corrected orthodontically, you have a greater risk of getting tooth decay and gum disease. The maxillary or upper canines usually erupt when a person turns the age of 13. They are needed to complete your smile. To treat an impacted canine, we create an incision before bonding a bracket onto the tooth. The bracket, which is affixed to orthodontic braces with a metal chain and rubber band, helps pull the upper canines through the gum. The process may take a year before the teeth emerge. Would you like to get help for misalignment for an impacted tooth? If so, contact our office about scheduling an appointment for an examination and professional cleaning.