Impacted Canines

An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt into function. The maxillary cuspid (upper eyetooth) is a common tooth to become impacted. The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your “bite”. The cuspid teeth are very strong biting teeth and have the longest roots of any human teeth. They are designed to be the first teeth that touch when your jaws close together so they guide the rest of the teeth into the proper bite.

Normally, the cuspid teeth are the last of the “front” teeth to erupt into place. They usually come into place by age 13.  If a cuspid tooth gets impacted, every effort is made to get it to erupt into its proper position in the dental arch. The techniques involved to aid eruption can be applied to any impacted tooth in the upper or lower jaw, but most commonly they are applied to the maxillary cuspid (upper eye) teeth. Sixty percent of these impacted eyeteeth are located on the palatal (roof of the mouth) side of the dental arch. The remaining impacted eye teeth are found in the middle of the supporting bone, but are stuck in an elevated position above the roots of the adjacent teeth, or are out to the facial side of the dental arch.

What Happens If The Eyetooth Will Not Erupt When Proper Space Is Available?

In cases where the eyeteeth will not erupt spontaneously, the orthodontist and oral surgeon will work together to get these teeth to erupt. Each case must be evaluated on an individual basis, but treatment will usually involve a combined effort between the orthodontist and the oral surgeon. The most common scenario will call for the orthodontist to place braces on the teeth (at least the upper arch). A space will be opened to provide room for the impacted tooth to be moved into its proper position in the dental arch. If the baby eyetooth has not fallen out already, it is usually left in place until the space for the adult eyetooth is ready. Once the space is ready, the orthodontist will refer the patient to the oral surgeon to have the impacted eyetooth exposed and bracketed.

In a simple surgical procedure performed in the surgeon’s office, the gum on top of the impacted tooth will be lifted up to expose the hidden tooth underneath. If there is a baby tooth present it will be removed at the same time. Once the tooth is exposed, the oral surgeon will bond an orthodontic bracket to the exposed tooth. The bracket will have a miniature gold chain attached to it. The oral surgeon will guide the chain back to the orthodontic arch wire where it will be temporarily attached. Sometimes the surgeon will leave the impacted tooth completely uncovered by suturing the gum up high above the tooth, or making a window in the gum covering the tooth. Most of the time the gum will be returned to its original location and sutured back with only the chain remaining visible as it exits a small hole in the gum.

Shortly after surgery (1-14 days) the patient will return to the orthodontist. A rubber band will be attached to the chain to put a light eruptive pulling force on the impacted tooth. This will begin the process of moving the tooth into its proper place in the dental arch. This is a carefully controlled, slow process that may take up to a full year to complete. Remember, the goal is to erupt the impacted tooth and not to extract it. Once the tooth has moved into the arch in its final position, the gum around it will be evaluated to make sure it is sufficiently strong and healthy to last for a lifetime of chewing and tooth brushing. In some circumstances, especially those where the tooth had to be moved a long distance, there may be some minor “gum surgery” required to add bulk to the gum tissue over the relocated tooth so that it remains healthy during normal function. Your dentist or orthodontist will explain this procedure to you if it applies to your specific situation.

What To Expect From Surgery To Expose & Bracket An Impacted Tooth

The surgery to expose and bracket an impacted tooth is a very straightforward surgical procedure that is performed in the oral surgeon’s office. For most patients, it is performed using IV sedation.

You can expect a limited amount of bleeding from the surgical sites after surgery. Although there will be some discomfort after surgery at the surgical sites, most patients find Tylenol or Advil to be more than adequate to manage any pain they may have. Within two to three days after surgery there is usually little need for any medication at all. There may be some swelling from holding the lip up to visualize the surgical site; it can be minimized by applying ice packs to the lip for the afternoon after surgery. A soft, bland diet is recommended at first, but you may resume your normal diet as soon as you feel comfortable chewing. It is advised that you avoid sharp food items, like crackers and chips, as they will irritate the surgical site if they jab the wound during initial healing. Your doctor will see you seven to ten days after surgery to evaluate the healing process and make sure you are maintaining good oral hygiene. You should plan to see your orthodontist within 1-14 days to activate the eruption process (applying the proper rubber band to the chain on your tooth). As always, your doctor is available at the office and can be contacted after hours if any problems should arise after surgery. Simply call Pacific Oral Surgery & Implants at Gresham Office Phone Number 503-667-1431 if you have any questions.

 

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All the staffs were very friendly & patient.
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Dr. Russell was so caring to squeeze a time from his fully booked schedule by sacrificing his lunch time to perform the surgery for me. He was so very efficient & skillful that I went thru the whole procedure without feeling any pain and he completed the job very efficiently in less than an hour. I feel so grateful that he is such a GREAT oral surgeon &. very caring doctor.

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All the staffs & Dr. Russell were very patient, kind, & caring! They were so efficient! Dr. Russell was most skillful & efficient that he completed the surgery just in less than half hour. They are the BEST!

- Grace Minghao L

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Was This Your First Visit?
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Courtesy / Friendliness Shown To You By Our Staff Over The Phone:
She was very patient, helpful, & caring when I requested an urgent appointment for my tooth emergency problem.
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I called for an urgent tooth extraction appointment. Even they were fully booked, Dr. Russell was so very kind to sacrifice his lunch hour to do the surgery for me.
Waiting Time:
Not long at all. They were very efficient!
Overall Staff Rating:
Rating: 5
All the staffs were very friendly & patient.
Overall Doctor Rating:
Rating: 5
Dr. Russell was so caring to squeeze a time from his fully booked schedule by sacrificing his lunch time to perform the surgery for me. He was so very efficient & skillful that I went thru the whole procedure without feeling any pain and he completed the job very efficiently in less than an hour. I feel so grateful that he is such a GREAT oral surgeon &. very caring doctor.

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