What Are Impacted Canines?
Impacted Canines are upper eyeteeth that have not properly erupted. These are the second most common type of impacted tooth, second only to wisdom teeth. Impacted cuspid teeth usually come in around thirteen years of age and are the last of the normal teeth to come into the mouth. Dr. El Deeb will be able to recognize the early signs of an impacted canine during normal oral examinations. Often times a referring orthodontist or general dentist will recognize these signs before sending the patient to Northside Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
How Are Impacted Canines Treated?
Treatment may involve the orthodontist using braces to allow for proper eruption. Over retained baby teeth may be extracted as well as adult teeth that are in the way of the eruption path of the eyeteeth. If the eye teeth develop too much by the time the person is either 13 or 14 then the eyetooth will not erupt even though it now has space for eruption. If the person is over forty years of age, there is a good chance that the tooth will be stuck in its position.
For cases where the eye teeth will not erupt correctly, an orthodontist and oral surgeon will need to work together. Braces will be added by the orthodontist to open up space for the impacted tooth. The oral surgeon will then expose the impacted tooth and remove any baby teeth that are present. The end goal of this process is to guide the impacted tooth to its correct place in the mouth. However, these processes may take a long time, almost up to a year.
You can expect there to be some amount of bleeding after the surgery along with discomfort in the days following. Most patients use Tylenol or Advil to minimize the pain, which they find is good enough. Make sure to follow the proper instructions that Dr. El Deeb has given you in order to ensure a proper and quick recovery.
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