Are you suffering from impacted canines? Dr. Falk and Dr. Krieger here at Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery are very familiar with impacted canines, and understand the important role your canines play in the healthy function of your mouth. If you are worried about getting your canines erupted and into the proper place and function, call us for a consultation today!
Why Your Canines Are So ImportantYour canines come down and have very specific jobs. They are pivotal in getting all of your teeth to come down into a proper bite, and they serve as cornerstones of your arch. Without your canines, your oral health can suffer, and your mouth, in general, can hurt. If your canines get impacted, or stuck, you could end up with a struggle to get them down and into their proper place.
The younger you are when it is recognized that your canines are impacted, the easier it will be to get them into their proper position. Adults often need much more intervention to get the canines to come in, even if proper space is created for the teeth to fall into their spot within your dental arch. This can be determined by an experienced dentist or oral surgeon with the help of panoramic x-rays and an examination. Canines most often get stuck behind the roots of other teeth, or become stuck in the bone of the jaw and do not come down on their own, both of which can be seen on an x-ray.
Treating Impacted CaninesIf the patient is 12 or younger, most of the time, oral surgeons and dentists simply need to clear a path for the tooth to come in on its own. Starting at about 13, more work will need to be done to pull the tooth into place, or surgery will need to be done to help coax the tooth into position. However, if the patient is 35-40, or older, the tooth has likely fused into the jaw and will not come down.
Normally, an orthodontist will brace the teeth surrounding the impacted canine and pull them apart until enough room has been created. If the tooth does not come in on its own, one of our oral surgeons will expose the impacted tooth and put a bracket on it. Then, the bracket will be connected to the braces which were already in place, and the tooth will be pulled into place and held there by the bracket that was put on the tooth.
This is a slow process, but it can give you back the functionality your jaw would get from having your full arch in its proper place. If you want to find out if your impacted canines are able to be repaired, give us a call. We will have you come in for a consultation and exam with one of our oral surgeons, and see what can be done to help your canines come in properly. Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576