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Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth means that it is blocked, or unable to fully erupt and function properly. Impacted teeth most often involve the third molars or wisdom teeth, (see Wisdom Teeth under Procedures) but the maxillary canine teeth, also known as the eyeteeth, are the second most common teeth to become impacted. The canine teeth are critical to the dental arch and play an important role in your mouth.

Canine teeth are critical in the following ways:

Why Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used for chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored in the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium, the element used extensively for artificial joint surgery. When you loose a tooth, you loose both the root and the crown. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. This metal anchor acts as a tooth root substitute. The jawbone fuses with the implant, creating a secure platform for the prosthesis.
Implants involve coordination between the oral surgeon and the restoring dentist. Oral surgeons are called upon by dentists and dental specialists to perform all procedures within the implant process except the final restoration process. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist may also make a temporary prosthesis for your esthetics during this process. During the consultation the oral surgeon will be able to describe the extent of his role in the implant process and even help you secure a restoring dentist if you do not have one.

Oral Examination

A dental examination will be done by your dentist around the age of seven years to count the teeth and determine if there are problems with eruption of the adult teeth. The exam will include the use of a panoramic x-ray and if necessary, a CBCT image.
Some common causes of impacted canines:
If canine teeth are missing, or are very slow in fully erupting, your dentist may recommend consultation with an orthodontist and also an oral surgeon for possible treatment options.

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