Why are canines so important?
Normally, permanent canine teeth appear between the ages of 11 and 13 years. Canine teeth are more important than some other teeth for the correct function of the teeth and for appearance. This is why dentists and orthodontists like to correct their position if possible. Sometimes, because of the way teeth grow in the jaws and gums, one or both canine teeth develop in the wrong position for normal appearance or function. For example, they might erupt in the wrong position or not at all or it might be the result of early loss (or removal) of ‘baby’ (deciduous) teeth. Dentists and orthodontists usually detect a problem with the canine teeth in children around the ages of 10-14 years, which is a time when they will recommend treatment.
What happens if I have an impacted canine?
If you are not already in orthodontic treatment, it will be your dentist who will notice that the tooth is not growing normally, and will take some X-rays to check its existence and position. Often you will be referred to an orthodontist for an opinion on treatment. There are several options for the surgical treatment of impacted canines which might include:
In certain cases extractions are required. They are used to align crowded teeth, correct the bite, or as above treat impaction. At Well orthodontics extractions may even form an integral part of your overall orthodontic treatment plan. In making a decision about which teeth to extract, the orthodontist will give preference as far as possible to removing teeth which are unlikely to last indefinitely, perhaps because of previous decay or damage.
Wells Orthodontics facilitate it all
At Wells Orthodontics our team of practitioners cover all aspects of dentistry and orthodontics to ensure that everything can be treated from the very first consultation, through the main procedure to reparative work and aftercare treatment, plus on-going support and maintenance, albeit in the form of a scale and polish, teeth whitening or retainer provision, for example. Our practitioners are ably assisted by professional nursing staff and our own in-house laboratory technician. Whatever it takes to get you smiling again in comfort and with confidence, you will find it all at Wells orthodontics.