A patient’s canine teeth begin to develop as early as 10 years old. Some of the common causes of impacted canine teeth are
- Extra teeth present in the dental arch
- Unexpected growths preventing your canine teeth from emerging
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out or been extracted
- Dental crowding with your neighboring teeth
During your consultation, Dr. Cassidy, Dr. Pieper, or Dr. Wilcox will discuss you or your child’s treatment options, the use of anesthesia, and post-operative care instructions.
Impacted Canine Teeth Procedure
Some patients visit their orthodontist to receive nonsurgical treatments to assist their canine teeth with erupting from the gums. If your canine teeth are already impacted, your orthodontist will refer you to one of our expert oral surgeons for a treatment called exposure and bonding. During this treatment, the orthodontist will first use braces to make room for the impacted tooth to grow into the mouth. Next, our oral surgeons will expose the tooth beneath the gum tissue and attach a small bracket and chain. The orthodontist then uses this appliance, in combination with traditional braces, to guide the tooth into its permanent position.
We will begin the treatment process with an initial consultation to determine the size and position of the impacted tooth and develop a plan for the eruption. We commonly take 3D scans of the mouth to diagnose the condition accurately, determine the tooth’s relationship to other important structures in the mouth, and develop the most effective treatment plan. Drs. Cassidy, Pieper, and Wilcox will collaborate with your orthodontist to provide the most accurate results for your oral health.
Impacted Canines in Cincinnati, OH
A member of our friendly team is happy to assist you in scheduling an initial consultation to determine if this treatment is right for your child. We strive to make every young patient feel safe, comfortable, and welcome at each of our office locations.