July 13, 2019
As your child grows, their smile develops with them. Eventually they’ll lose their baby teeth to make room for the permanent adult teeth that will last for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, life isn’t always so simple; sometimes adult teeth will fail to erupt properly, and the canine teeth are particularly prone to this problem. If this happens, not only will your child’s smile be incomplete, but the rest of their teeth might be damaged as well, leading to all sorts of painful problems. To avoid this possibility, it’s important to keep an eye out for impacted canines in Denver.
What are Canine Teeth?
You’ll probably recognize your canines as the slightly long and pointed teeth near the front of the mouth. They get their name from the fact that they look kind of like a dog’s teeth. Your child’s permanent canines should come in around the age of 13; however, if they become impacted, they’ll remain trapped under the gums. If your child’s 14th birthday arrives and their adult canines haven’t erupted yet, you just might need to worry about an impaction.
Why Do Canine Teeth Become Impacted?
Canines are some of the most likely teeth to become impacted, second only to wisdom teeth. It may be due to the presence of extra teeth in the jaw or poorly aligned front teeth that don’t leave enough room in the mouth. Sometimes it might even be an issue with the gum itself restricting proper eruption. Other possible causes include genetics, losing baby teeth too early, and the size and shape of the tooth itself.
What Happens if Canine Teeth are Impacted?
The canines play an important role in eating and speaking; without them, your child could have difficulty performing these essential everyday tasks. And of course, the gap could lead to a lot of teasing at school and do a number on your child’s self-esteem.
Unfortunately, that’s not even the worst of it. An impacted tooth can cause resorption in other teeth, causing them to become weakened or, in rare cases, lost entirely. Such damage usually can’t be reversed easily. Furthermore, empty space in the mouth can cause the remaining teeth to drift out of place, which can easily result in painful bite problems. The sooner your child’s impacted teeth are treated, the easier it will be to avoid long-term complications and worst-case scenarios.
What Should I Do if My Child’s Canines are Impacted?
Braces can be used to create the space where the canines should go; once that’s done, an oral surgeon in Denver can lift the gum tissue and place a bracket on the impacted tooth. When connected to an orthodontic wire, the canines will gradually move into the right position.
The treatment lasts for about a year, and the sooner it starts, the better. If you think your child’s canines have become impacted, don’t hesitate to reach out for help right away!
About the Practice
At Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Brian Fangman and Dr. Randolph C. Robinson are dedicated to helping patients suffering from all sorts of unique dental problems, whether it’s by replacing a missing tooth with an implant or moving an impacted canine tooth into position. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (720) 328-4990.
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