An impacted tooth is a tooth that is unable to emerge through the gum line due to the positioning of the tooth, dense soft tissue, bone, or another tooth. The most common and known situation is the wisdom tooth. Another common tooth to become impacted are the canines. Unlike wisdom teeth where they serve no function, the canines play an important role in your bite and dental arch.
Usually, the permanent canine in the upper jaw will start appearing in children between 11 and 13 years old. It is also during this time when your dentist will recommend treatment. However, if the eruption path is cleared and the space is opened up, then the impacted canine might be able to erupt on its own. Canines that are left to fully develop, between ages 13-14 years, have the possibility of no longer erupting on its own even if the eruption path is already cleared. Individuals that are 40 and older have higher chances to have their canine teeth to fuse in position. When this happens, your oral surgeons may need to extract the impacted tooth and will treat the condition with dental implant or a fixed bridge depending on your needs.
Our oral surgeons are highly skilled in getting the impacted canine tooth to erupt in its correct position. In order for the impacted tooth to erupt properly, any extra teeth surrounding the canine might need to be removed too.
If you would like to schedule a consultation to go over treatment options, get in touch with our team at Smiles of Loudoun.