An impacted tooth is a tooth that fails to fully pass through the gums.
Rio Grande Oral Surgery provides services for impacted canines in Albuquerque, NM.
Call 505-821-2111 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
While wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to be impacted, impacted canines are not uncommon either. These teeth fail to fully pass through the gums. Sometimes this causes no symptoms at all, while in other cases, it can result in pain, swelling, and difficulty chewing and biting. Whether or not there are symptoms associated with an impacted canine, it’s important to seek treatment at an early age because these teeth are visible when you smile and they play an important role in eating. Impacted canines may also compromise the roots of adjacent teeth, causing resorption.
Maxillary canines, also known as cuspid or upper eyeteeth, are typically treated by orthodontists and oral surgeons working together closely on a shared treatment plan. Occasionally, general dentists or periodontists may be involved in treatment as well. Unlike wisdom teeth, we cannot simply rely on extraction when canines are impacted, as these teeth need to be replaced. Treatment options include:
- Using braces to open up space for the canine tooth or teeth to fully erupt. This is used when the primary (baby) teeth have already fallen out, but the replacement adult teeth are either fully or partially impacted.
- When the primary teeth are still in place, oral surgery can be performed to extract them and then orthodontic treatment can begin.
- Oral surgery can be used to expose the impacted adult canines, then an orthodontic bracket can be placed on the impacted canines to help them descend and bring them into alignment with the rest of the teeth in the mouth.
Sometimes we may also choose to wait and see if the situation resolves on its own. Consulting with your orthodontist and taking x-rays to help assess your impacted teeth below the gum line will help us determine the proper course of treatment for your needs. The older the patient, the more likely it is that the impacted canines will not resolve without appropriate treatment.
Call 505-821-2111 to schedule your appointment.