An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt or erupts only partially. After third molars, canines are the most commonly impacted teeth. If left untreated, canine impactions can lead to labial or lingual eruption of the nearby teeth, as well as loss of arch length, internal or external root resorption, dentigerous cyst formation and possible infection, or referred pain. In many instances, impacted teeth do not cause any pain, but they can potentially have negative effects on orthodontic positioning and/or treatment.
There are two methods for managing impacted canines. The first is surgical exposure followed by natural, unassisted eruption of the impacted tooth. The second is surgical exposure followed by guided eruption using light orthodontic forces.
If you have been referred by your orthodontist or general dentist to have an impacted tooth exposed call our office to set up your consultation.