Impacted canines can have a significant negative effect on your oral health and function.  When you visit AZ Dental, Dr. The Phan can diagnose and provide treatment for your impacted canines to improve the appearance and function of your teeth and prevent future problems to your oral health.  We welcome you to call us at 408-437-1111 to learn more about impacted canines and schedule your consultation with our oral surgeon in San Jose, California.

Humans have 4 canine teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw, which are also known as cuspids, fangs, or “eye teeth,” and have thicker and more conical roots than the incisor teeth.  Canine teeth are typically the last teeth to erupt and fall into place (usually about age 13), and are the second most common type of impacted tooth, after wisdom teeth.

To say that a tooth is “impacted” is to say that it is blocked, stuck, or unable to completely erupt and function properly.  This condition occurs most often with wisdom teeth (third molars), but also with the canine teeth.  Your canine teeth play an important role in the function of your teeth, making it important that you receive treatment as quickly as possible.  Treatment for impacted canines helps to:

  • Close gaps between the teeth
  • Improve the biting function
  • Ensure the correct alignment and function of the other teeth

Your canine teeth may become impacted if:

  • There are extra teeth in your mouth
  • Your teeth are overcrowded
  • There is unusual growth on the soft tissue of your mouth

The best way to prevent impacted teeth is through early and thorough examination.  Children should meet with a dentist at about age 7 for a thorough evaluation of the growth and development of their teeth.

When you visit our practice, our oral surgeon will examine your teeth, and take radiographs to determine the full extent of the problem.  He will then recommend an appropriate treatment.  The most common treatments for impacted canines are extraction and orthodontic treatments.

 

For more information about impacted canines, please contact our office.