Do you have a “tiny” canine? Maybe it’s still a baby tooth. The frequency of impacted upper canines is between 0.92% – 3.58%, being a bit more common in females than in males. The majority of impacted canines (85%) are found lodged in the palate.
If you suspect that that you have a canine that did not get to erupt we suggest that you read the previous article where we talked about diagnosis of the existence of impacted canines.
Frequently, the canines are in a favorable position to be placed in its proper position in the arch. Once we have exactly located the tooth with the dental CAT scan and have planned the route it should take for it correct positioning, we start to align the rest of the neighboring teeth because we shall use these as anchorage that will aid and support the canine as it is brought down as well as make space for the canine in cross bite
We then coordinate with the periodontist or oral surgeon who will assess with the examination and the CAT scan what would be the best approach to reach the impacted canine and uncover its crown.
Once the intervention is planned, the palate is exposed to reach the impacted canine and at the same time during the surgery, an orthodontic button with a chain is “cemented” that would later serve as a point of traction. Generally the baby canine, if it is present, is maintained as not to leave an unsightly space while the permanent canine is slowly brought into place. This way you don’t see a “gap” while smiling.
Orthodontic treatment is continued until the canine is perfectly placed in the arch and is functioning correctly. Not only do we place the crown correctly in its place but we also make sure that the root is correctly uprighted to ensure esthetics and exceptional stability.
If you wish to make a complementary consultation to see if your canine is positioned in the palate or not and to receive the best specific treatment for your case, please call us for a free appointment at 952 77 77 47