What do you do with an impacted tooth?

Everyone has two upper and lower canines, and after the third molars, these teeth are impacted most often. In some cases, a tooth does not break through the gum and remains stuck in the bone and gum tissues. This is known as an impacted tooth. If you have an impacted canine tooth, Dr. Payam Bostani is able to gently expose the impacted tooth and help it grow in properly.

Contact Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank at 818-975-3572 to schedule a consultation with our dentist and for more information about how we can treat impacted canines.

The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the teeth that most commonly become impacted. These teeth often become impacted because there is not enough room in the dental arch for them to fully and properly erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth are typically removed in order to avoid complications with the health of the teeth, gums, and jawbone and since they do not serve an important function in the mouth.

The second most commonly impacted teeth are the upper canines (also known as the eye teeth or cuspids). The teeth have roots that are thicker and more conical-shaped than those of the incisors and therefore have a stronger connection to your jawbone. Because the canines have very long roots, they are often the last set of teeth to erupt, which usually happens at the age of 13.

Why do canine teeth become impacted?

There are several reasons your canines can be impacted, but it is often due to overcrowding in the mouth. If the front teeth are misaligned, there is a chance this can affect whether the canines erupt properly. A lack of space can mean your canines will not come in as they should.

Symptoms of Impacted Canines

In some cases, impacted teeth do not cause any symptoms. However, if you are experiencing the following symptoms, make sure you call our Burbank dental office right away:

  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Unpleasant taste when biting down
  • Pain or tenderness in the gums or jawbone
  • Prolonged or unexplained headache or jaw ache
  • Redness and swelling in the gums near the affected tooth

What can happen if an impacted tooth is left untreated?

An impacted canine is always better if treated right away by a licensed dentist. The longer you put off seeing a dentist, the worse your condition will likely become.

Complications can include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Misalignment of neighboring teeth
  • Absorption of the bone or nearby tooth
  • Cyst growth in the soft tissue under the gum line
  • Swelling of the gums, leading potentially to gingivitis

If the canine teeth do not erupt as normal, our dentist will check the position of the adjacent teeth to make certain that the canines have sufficient space to grow in. We may also take X-rays to determine whether the canines are impacted, to check the impacted tooth’s position, and to assess any effects on the neighboring teeth and structures.

Expert Relief from Impacted Canines

In most cases, our team will create an impacted tooth treatment plan to expose the impacted canines. To expose an impacted upper canine, our dentist will typically remove the gums that cover the tooth. For some patients, this is enough to allow the tooth to grow in as normal. For others, we will bond an orthodontic attachment to the impacted tooth. This attachment is connected to a small chain that is used to apply gentle force to bring the tooth into position.

For more information about how we can help you with impacted teeth, please call or visit our office today!