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Have you ever had a tooth come in wrong, such as in an improper position or the wrong spot entirely? What about a tooth that never came in at all? While tooth impaction is an unfortunate and common occurrence, it should receive treatment as soon as possible to spare the rest of your mouth. An impacted tooth is one that doesn’t erupt through the gums, but is trapped below the gum line, risking the development of oral cysts and damage to nearby teeth. We provide further insight into impacted teeth, specifically canines, and how they can be treated to prevent dental complications.

While wisdom teeth have the highest risk of being impacted, the canine teeth are the second most likely to experience this issue. The canines are also called the maxillary cuspids, and they are the teeth between the molars and incisors that look pointy. Through early detection of impacted teeth, we can provide conservative treatment and increase the chances of a successful recovery for your smile. If your canines are struggling to erupt normally, our dentist at Scheer Dentistry can take some dental X-rays to view the area of the tooth position and identify the source of the problem.

To improve an impacted canine, he may perform some removal of the gum tissue that covers the tooth to facilitate normal eruption. Cases that are more complex may require the help of an orthodontic attachment that is attached to the tooth to gently push the tooth into its proper position over time. Depending on your condition, the overall correction process for an impacted canine may range from a few months to a year of treatment.

To learn more about how to address an impacted canine tooth in Wichita, Kansas, please call Dr. Brick Scheer and our team at 316-636-1222 today and schedule an appointment!