An impacted tooth is blocked or stuck underneath the gum line and does not erupt into its correct position on its own. Canine teeth are the second most commonly impacted teeth, after a third molar (wisdom tooth).
Canines are located at the corners of the upper and lower arches, next to the four front incisors, and are functionally important to your smile. Because of their long roots, canines are exceptionally strong, stable teeth and foundational to the alignment and spacing of the other teeth. Their pointed edge (cusp) is important to grasp and tear food.
Canines can get impacted for several reasons:
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic examination by age seven. We’ll monitor the eruption of your child's teeth and detect impactions early. Early detection translates to the most efficient treatment.
We first determine if the baby canine needs to be removed and we look for other blockages (like a cyst).
If the tooth needs more support, we recommend a simple surgical procedure. First, an oral surgeon or periodontist will we expose the tooth by cutting a small flap in the surrounding gum. The tooth may be left to erupt on it's own or an orthodontic bracket will be attached to the tooth to help guide its movement to the ideal position in your child’s mouth.