Impacted Canine (canine exposure and bracketing)

Impacted canines are teeth that are stuck and do not not erupt. This can be very problematic because it can cause developmental issues and can also cause infections. The canine tooth is the tooth with the longest root and often plays an important role in the structure of the way that you bite down. Early detection of impacted canines is essential to treating the problem. It is important to resolve the problem because it will cause problems with other teeth in the dental arch. A parent can help with detecting if a child has impacted canines by examining the child’s mouth to see if there are teeth missing. A dentist may take a panoramic x-ray to help diagnose and see if there are any impacted canines or teeth that have not yet erupted. Treating a patient at a young age when the problem is recognized early is helpful to the treatment. When a patient has reached adult age, it becomes more difficult to treat an impacted canine or unerupted tooth because the tooth may be calcified and fused into the position.

n order to treat canines or teeth that have not erupted or are impacted, an orthodontist and oral surgeon may be involved in the treatment. Braces may be used to help the teeth move and bring the unerupted tooth to its correct position. An oral surgeon may also be involved to help surgically remove the unerupted tooth to help with development of other teeth. When a problem with an unerupted tooth or impacted canine have been diagnosed, your dentist, orthodontist and oral surgeon will work together to come up with the best treatment plan for you.