Impacted Canine Questions

What are the most common canines to become impacted?

Canine teeth or “eye tooth” are the second most commonly impacted teeth in our jaws. When impacted they can cause misalignment of your bite and also cause esthetically unpleasing tooth alignment.

Unlike wisdom teeth, this canine’s functionality is essential to your well-being, which is why Dr. Hamrah and your orthodontist will work diligently to ensure its healthy eruption.

How does Dr. Hamrah detect an impacted canine?

Dr. Hamrah recommends all dental patients have a panorex screening x-ray around age 7. Failure to follow this recommendation, which is supported by The American Association of Orthodontists, may result in future oral health complications for your child. This may force you to shoulder extensive financial costs and your child to endure unnecessary physical suffering.

What happens if an impacted canine goes untreated?

Early detection and treatment of an impacted canine is vital. By treating it early in life, you stand a good chance that the canine will erupt into its natural position through the appropriate treatment methods.

If an impacted canine is not addressed early in life, it will fuse in its unerupted position. At this point, the only available treatment option is extracting the impacted canine and replacing it with a dental implant.

If you have an impacted canine and live in the Washington, D.C. or northern Virginia area, please contact NOVA SurgiCare today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Daria Hamrah.