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Could Your Canine Be Impacted?


Posted on 6/21/2021 by Barbara Ketchum
Could Your Canine Be Impacted?Your canine teeth are arguable the strongest teeth in your mouth. They boast the longest roots of any teeth. You have four canine teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom. They have been nicknamed the “eye teeth.” Adult canine teeth usually erupt, or come into the mouth, around age 9. The lower canines lead the charge, and a of couple years later the upper canines erupt. They are highly aesthetic teeth. Properly positioned canines create a pleasing smile.

These teeth have a reputation to cause some problems though. Impaction can occur. If a canine is impacted, the tooth has not erupted as expected. A canine that cannot come in due to crowding is also impacted. If a canine is coming in at an incorrect angle or clearly out of position, we also classify this tooth as impacted.

Impacted canines are the second most common teeth to be impacted. The most common impacted teeth are the wisdom teeth. Although wisdom teeth are commonly removed, canines can sometimes be guided into place.

Symptoms of Canine Impaction


If you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums in the position of your canines, you could have impaction. The gums and jaw may also be tender. Difficultly opening and closing your mouth may also indicate impaction. You may have impacted canines if you are over 11 years old and you do not have your canines yet.

Come into our office and we will see if there is a problem with your canines. It is difficult to prevent compaction, however, you can be proactive by routinely having dental appointments every six months. At these check-ups we take x-rays which will help up determine if you have impacted canines. We want to work with you to help you achieve the best possible smile and functional alignment of your teeth.
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