Impacted Canines

An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt into function.

 

The maxillary (upper jaw) cuspid (eyetooth) is the second most common tooth to become impacted after wisdom teeth. The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in persons bite and function

The eye teeth are very strong biting teeth and have the longest roots of any human teeth. They are designed to be the first teeth that touch when your jaws close together so they guide the rest of the teeth into the proper bite.

Most of the time, the maxillary cuspid teeth are the last of the “front” teeth to erupt into place around age 13.  If a cuspid tooth gets impacted, which are usually identified by the orthodontist, every effort is made to get it to erupt into its proper position.

 

The techniques involved to aid eruption is simple however sometimes advance imaging 3D techniques are needed to determine their exact location.

 

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