Canines, like wisdom teeth, have a tendency to become impacted. The canines are some of the most important teeth in the mouth; they have the deepest and strongest roots of all the teeth, and they help guide the alignment of the other teeth. While an orthodontist can usually align the surrounding teeth to allow the canines to grow in normally, sometimes growths, other adult teeth, or primary teeth that haven’t fallen out yet can get in the way and cause complications. In these cases, you may be referred to Dr. Collins, who will work with your orthodontist to expose the teeth and guide them into proper alignment.
Benefits of Early Recognition of Impacted Canines
Seeking early treatment for impacted canines can make the procedural process much easier. Usually, the canines erupt around age 13, but having your child’s teeth examined earlier can allow for preventative treatments, such as the straightening of teeth with braces to create space for the canines to grow in properly. If you do not clear the eruption path before the age of about 12, or other complications exist, you may be referred to an oral surgeon for treatment.
For older patients, the canines may become fused in place, making proper eruption impossible. If this is the case, we offer tooth extraction and dental implant procedures to restore your oral function and smile.
How Canine Exposure and Bonding Works
In cases where the canines cannot erupt naturally, your oral surgeon will work with your orthodontist to expose and align the teeth properly.
First, the orthodontist will move the permanent teeth into their proper positions using braces or other alignment methods. Then Dr. Collins will surgically expose the impacted tooth or teeth by pushing back the gum tissue and removing any bone or baby teeth blocking the path of the tooth. Once the tooth is exposed, Dr. Collins will attach a small chain to the tooth. After the surgery, usually within a week or two, your orthodontist will attach this chain to a small band, which will apply a light pulling pressure and guide the tooth into place.
We offer consultations and impacted tooth exposures at our Conway, AR, office.
If you or your child suffers from impacted canines, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Collins. The canines are some of the most important teeth in the mouth because of their effect on your bite and tooth alignment. Our expert surgical team will ensure that you or your child are well cared for and well informed throughout the entire procedure.