Maintaining the natural dentition of your bite can be challenging when teeth grow crooked, but that challenge is exponentially more complex when canines become impacted (meaning they do not fully or correctly erupt from the gum line). Before your orthodontist can plan and implement an appropriate orthodontic treatment, Dr. Everett may first have to recover the impacted canines, or extract them to prevent them from interfering.

Recovering Impacted Canines

Canines become impacted for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Discrepancies between the size of the tooth and the shape/length of the arch
  • The deciduous (primary, or baby) tooth remained for too long
  • The deciduous tooth was lost too early, allowing other teeth to move into the space
  • The tooth bud is not positioned correctly within the jawbone
  • The jawbone (alveolar bone) around the tooth root exhibits a cleft or indentation

Ideally, oral surgeon, Dr. Everett, can help uncover the impacted canines and place a device so your orthodontist can realign the teeth to fit into the proper contour of your dental arch. However, if recovering the canines is not a viable option, Dr. Everett may extract the teeth and replace them with dental implants to rebuild your dental ridge.

Ask Dr. Everett What to Expect from Impacted Canine Recovery

Impacted canines don’t have to prevent you from enjoying the beautiful, properly aligned smile that you deserve. To learn more about what to expect from the procedure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Everett by emailing, or calling our office in Lubbock, TX at 806-686-1262. We offer a free consultation (typically valued at $400) that includes any radiographs Dr. Everett may need for proper diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires.

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