Impacted Canine Teeth
At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, our dentists bring years of experience to the table and are fully prepared to develop a treatment plan with you to address any tooth damage that you may have. Sometimes your teeth can become impacted, which means that they have been prevented from breaking through the gums for some reason. If they have started to break through but are not where they should be, we would call that a partial impaction. When it comes to your canine teeth, or the pointy teeth designed to guide the rest of your jaw into a correct bite, impaction of either kind can cause significant problems to your dental health and may require surgical extraction.
What Causes Impacted Canines?
Our dentists see two causes of impacted canines more than others. The first involves tooth overcrowding, where there are more teeth in parts of your mouth than there need to be. Unusual growths can also form on the soft tissue of your gums that can block the progress of your canine teeth and cause impaction. The best way to prevent these from occurring beforehand and to avoid the need for surgical extraction is to come in to see us for regularly scheduled dental check-ups. By doing so, our team can have the greatest chance of seeing problems of canine impaction ahead of time.
What Causes Impacted Canines?
There are many symptoms which may indicate that you have impacted canines. Pain is a key indicator, particularly when it comes to tenderness of your mouth, jaw, or gums. You may see a gap where one of your canine teeth has failed to emerge. This can be accompanied by swelling and redness of the gums around the impacted location. Another sign is if you suffer from an unpleasant taste in your mouth and bad breath. If any of this is relevant to your current oral health, we recommend contacting us and making an appointment so we can see if your impacted tooth requires surgical extraction.
How Do We Treat Impacted Canines?
Once we have resolved that your treatment plan requires surgical extraction of your impacted canine teeth, we will prescribe to you a general anesthesia. This will allow you to relax with minimal pain as the surgical extraction takes place. Once you are under, our surgeon will take away a small area of bone and gums so we can see and interact with the impacted canine. We will then proceed to glue an orthodontic bracket to the affected teeth, along with a small length of chain secured to your gums or teeth nearby. By taking these steps, we can properly guide your impacted canine into the right position.
When the anesthesia wears off from your successful surgical extraction, we will make sure you have the pain relief medication you need as you enter the recovery process. Our priority is to give you the best care we can, and we are here to help you get it even once the treatment is completed. If you think you may have impacted canines and think that surgical extraction may be right for you or your child, call us today at (562) 287-8016.