Impacted teeth are teeth that become stuck in the gums because they cannot emerge into their proper position in the dental arch. Impaction may occur for a variety of reasons — there may be a piece of bone or a growth blocking the tooth’s path, the baby tooth may not have fallen out in time to make room for the adult tooth, or the tooth may just be too big to fit. Canine teeth and wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted, but whereas wisdom teeth can be removed, canine teeth cannot. Canines are vital to the proper development of your bite, which is why they must be treated right away.
When you visit our office in Rohnert Park, CA, Dr. Daniel will examine your mouth or your child’s mouth to determine the level of impaction. Typically, the canines are treatable and require a quick procedure to help them move into proper position. Removal of impacted canines is a last resort and is uncommon.
Causes of Impacted Canines
In most patients, the canines begin growing around age 10 and can finish development at any age. The most common causes of an impacted canine include
- Growths blocking the canine’s path
- Baby teeth that not have not fallen out yet
- Other teeth position too close/crowding the canine’s place
- Extra teeth in the dental arch
At your consultation appointment, Dr. Daniel will determine the cause of the impaction, which will help him develop a personalized treatment plan to treat your or your child’s canines.
Treatment of Impacted Canines
If the canines are only in the beginning stages of impaction, they may be treatable with braces. Braces can help your other teeth move out of the way and then bring the canines down into their proper position. In more severe cases of impaction, however, the most common treatment is exposure and bonding. An expose and bond procedure involves your oral surgeon working hand in hand with your orthodontist to eliminate the impaction.
The first step of exposure and bonding is braces. Braces will move your other teeth into their proper place and make room for the canines. Once your other teeth are out of the way, Dr. Daniel will carefully expose the impacted teeth in the gums and remove any growth or bone that may have been blocking them. Once the teeth are exposed, Dr. Daniel will attach a small bracket and chain, which your orthodontist will then use to gently pull the canine down into its position over the next few months.
In very rare instances, impacted canine roots fuse with your bone, and the teeth must be removed. In these cases, we offer dental implants for tooth replacement. We can talk about all of your options once you’ve had your consultation with Dr. Daniel.
Impacted Canine Treatment in Rohnert Park, CA
If you or your child’s canines are impacted and you have been recommended by your dentist or orthodontist for an expose and bond procedure, please contact our office in Rohnert Park, CA. Dr. Daniel has years of experience treating patients of all ages and will make sure you receive the best treatment.