The canines are some of the most important teeth in the mouth; their long roots make them incredibly strong, and they help guide the alignment of the other teeth. Canines (also known as eyeteeth or cuspids) have a tendency to become impacted or stuck behind the gums, much like wisdom teeth. When canines become impacted, it can affect the entire arch of teeth and cause a variety of oral health problems.
In most cases, an orthodontist can use braces and other dental devices to align the teeth and make room for the canines to grow in normally. Unfortunately, growths or other unforeseen structures sometimes block the growth path. Teeth can become impacted for many different reasons, including but not limited to the following:
- Extra teeth in the mouth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Growths or other structures blocking the normal eruption path
When the canines will not erupt properly, and orthodontic work alone is no longer an option, oral and maxillofacial surgeons can surgically expose the canines and collaborate with an orthodontist to guide them into their proper positions.
Exposure and Bonding Treatment for Impacted Teeth
One of the most common treatments for impacted canine teeth is exposure and bonding. In an exposure and bonding treatment plan, an oral surgeon and an orthodontist will work as a team to expose the impacted teeth. First, the orthodontist will move the adult teeth into their proper positions, leaving room for the canines to grow in. Then, the oral surgeon surgically exposes the teeth and attaches a small bracket and chain to each one. The orthodontist will use the chains to pull the teeth into their proper alignment gently. Once the teeth are all aligned, the braces will be removed.
We offer treatment for impacted teeth at all four of our surgical offices in Auburn, WA, Federal Way, WA, Renton, WA, and Maple Valley, WA.
Whether you or your child’s canine teeth are impacted due to overcrowding, growths blocking the eruption path, or other reasons, our oral surgeons can form a treatment plan that fits your needs. Regular dental exams and early diagnosis are the best ways to prevent and treat impacted canines because if impacted teeth are left untreated for too long, they may never grow in properly. If your canines are unable to erupt, we offer tooth replacement options, like dental implants, that can restore your smile. Contact our office today for more information about tooth exposures and other impacted tooth treatments.