Exposure of Impacted Canines is Crucial to Proper Dental Function
Canine teeth are important not only for the aesthetics of your smile but also to ensure proper dental function. Impacted canines can cause serious issues for your entire dental arch, including extensive wearing of other teeth, infection, and discomfort in the jaw joints. Dr. Chetan Patil can perform impacted canine surgery to avoid these effects and protect your oral health. At Periodontal Associates, LLC, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients in Englewood, NJ, by performing every procedure with exceptional precision.
What Causes Impaction?
The canine teeth are the second most common type of tooth to become impacted. This can occur in a variety of circumstances including:
- Extra teeth
- Rarely, unusual growths
When a tooth cannot erupt properly, it can lead to a variety of oral health issues ranging from moderate to severe.
Why is It Important to Expose Canine Teeth?
The canine teeth play a very important role in the dental arch as they guide the mandible for a proper bite, as well as help us effectively bite and chew our food. If the canine teeth do not erupt, it can lead to problems for the surrounding teeth which must compensate for the actions typically served by these teeth. This can cause:
- Worn teeth
- Problems with the jaw joints
- Pain and swelling
- Cysts and tumors
- Resorption of dental roots
Additionally, missing canine teeth can create an abnormal-looking smile as they frame the front teeth. Dr. Patil can work with your orthodontist to plan your impacted canine surgery in a way that best protects your oral health and achieves a beautiful smile. While canine extraction is always a last resort, Dr. Patil also offers this procedure.
Impacted Canine Surgery
Typically, the first approach to treating impacted canine teeth is making space through orthodontics. However, if the canines still do not erupt naturally, surgical intervention will be necessary. To plan for accurate treatment, Dr. Patil will first evaluate your bite using a 3-D scanner and digital x-rays to identify where impaction is occurring and how severe the condition is.
Dr. Patil works closely alongside local orthodontists who may recommend impacted canine surgery to protect your oral health.
To begin the surgery, the doctor will apply a local anesthetic and expose the impacted tooth by gently lifting the gum. Sedation is also available for anxious patients. An orthodontic bracket with a small chain will then be bonded to the surface of the tooth. The chain will be connected to the wires of your braces. This should effectively pull the tooth over time until it has fully erupted. Usually, the surgery only lasts about 45 minutes to an hour.
After the surgery, patients may experience some minor discomfort, bleeding, and swelling. However, this can typically be managed using over-the-counter pain relievers. For the first few days, it is recommended that you maintain a soft, bland diet as the surgical site may be irritated by certain foods.
You will need to come back to our office about seven to 10 days after the procedure to have the treatment area evaluated by Dr. Patil. You may also need to visit your orthodontist within the first two weeks to complete the final step of the procedure, which includes connecting a rubber band to the chain.
Dr. Patil can work closely with your orthodontist to plan your impacted canine surgery, preventing serious oral health conditions and protecting the aesthetics of your smile. Schedule your or your child's consultation by emailing our office or by phone at (201) 567-7766.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.