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Impacted Canines

Impacted Canines
Posted on 10/01/2016
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             While mandibular (lower-jaw) third molars are the teeth most likely to be impacted, maxillary (upper-jaw) canine teeth are also prone to impaction. A vertically impacted tooth is diagnosed by taking two X Rays about 6 months apart and if there is no change in position, the tooth is impacted.  In other patients, the tooth may be so severely displaced that it can be diagnosed with a single X ray.  Once it is diagnosed as impacted, space must be created with braces and wires for the tooth to be brought into the mouth.  Then a surgeon bonds a brace to the impacted tooth and a gold chain is used to exert gentle force and redirect the tooth into the proper space.  Fortunately this procedure is highly successful, especially before the age of 14. In time, the bands and brackets can be removed, and a retainer helps keep the treated canine in line with its neighboring teeth.

If treated before age 14, almost 100% of impacted teeth can be brought into the mouth.  Few complicated medical procedures have such a high success rate.