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Impacted Canines

Bring Canines Into the Dental Arch for Full Functionality

Impacted Canines

Bring Canines Into the Dental Arch for Full Functionality

A tooth is impacted when it cannot come into the dental arch. An impacted tooth may be partially or completely stuck beneath the gums. Any tooth can be impacted, but wisdom teeth and canine teeth are the most commonly affected. While wisdom teeth tend to be removed regardless of impaction, canine teeth are important for proper bite alignment and function. An oral surgeon and orthodontist will work together to help an impacted canine come into the mouth properly.

Reasons for Impaction

Dental crowding is the most common reason for impaction: when there are too many teeth in one area of the mouth, a new tooth is unable to erupt into its proper position. Sometimes, a growth or tumor may be blocking a new tooth’s path.

An impacted tooth is easily diagnosable with an X-ray or 3D imaging. It is usually discovered at a dental visit, and your dentist can refer you to an oral surgeon for further treatment. Therefore, it is very important to see your dentist every 6 months for regular checkups.

Impaction may or may not have noticeable symptoms, but signs include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tenderness around the tooth site
  • Bad breath
  • Jaw pain

Exposure and Bonding

Exposure and bonding is a treatment that involves skilled coordination between an oral surgeon and an orthodontist. First, an orthodontist will create a space for the impacted tooth to come in by preparing the mouth with braces. Once the space is ready, an oral surgeon will expose the tooth and bond an orthodontic bracket to it. The orthodontic bracket will have a small chain attached that the orthodontist will use to guide the tooth into place as it grows in.

Patients are kept comfortable during the surgical procedure with anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used, as well as specific details of the procedure, will be discussed during the consultation appointment. Oral surgeons receive specialized training to safely administer anesthesia.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia:

Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery provides first-class care to improve health and well-being while maximizing the patient experience. Every office is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and outfitted with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and surgical equipment to enhance our scope of practice. The high level of care we provide ensures every patient feels confident in their treatment while they receive safe and predictable results.

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