You have several types of teeth in your mouth. Incisors are in the front, and molars are in the back. In between those are your canines. It is not uncommon for the wisdom teeth, which are molars, to become impacted. What about your canines? Can a canine tooth be impacted, and if so, what can be done?
An impacted tooth is one that cannot grow in all the way. There are several reasons why. Often it is because there is not enough room in the jaw for another tooth. Another common cause is because the tooth is not coming in straight. If an impacted tooth is left alone, it could cause pain and even infection. Impacted canine teeth are not all that uncommon.
It is usually children who have an issue with impacted canines, because the canine adult teeth come in before adulthood. An adult can have an impacted canine if their adult teeth have not yet all come in, or if the tooth was not treated when younger.
When a child has an impacted canine, often we will recommend braces. This will help for the tooth to have room to come in and will make sure that it will be straight. If the child is a little bit older, or if the tooth did not come in correctly after braces, we might need to fuse the tooth. In rare cases, extraction might take place.
The most important thing that you can do to make sure that your child does not have an impacted canine is to see us on a regular schedule. That is the only way that we will be able to tell that your child’s mouth is healthy. If something doesn’t come in properly, we want to take care of it immediately.