Impacted Canine Teeth Treatments
Treating Impacted Canines in Farmington Hills
An impacted tooth is one that is obstructed or “stuck” beneath the gum line and does not naturally erupt into its proper place. The most frequent impacted tooth is a third molar, or wisdom tooth, though it can also happen in canine teeth. Next to the incisors, canine teeth are found at the corners of the arch. They have a single sharp edge (cusp) that can be used to grab, grasp, and tear food. The lengthy root of the canine makes it an extremely strong and stable tooth. Canines are the last teeth to erupt, and they normally do so when your child is 12 or 13 years old.
By the age of seven, the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children receive an orthodontic evaluation, which allows us to track your child’s tooth eruption and catch impactions early.
Early Detection of Impacted Canine Teeth
If your child does develop an impacted canine, a minor surgical procedure to help the tooth emerge is recommended. By creating a small flap in the surrounding gum, we will surgically expose the tooth. We will either leave the tooth to emerge on its own or affix an orthodontic bracket to it to help guide its descent after it has been revealed.
Impacted canines can be allowed to erupt and/or directed to the most ideal position in your child’s mouth with early detection and combination surgical and orthodontic therapy. If your child is suffering from impacted canine teeth, call our Farmington Hills office today to schedule your appointment!