Humans have two upper, or maxillary, canines and two lower, or mandibular, canines. Canine teeth are sometimes also called cuspids or fangs. Canines have larger and more conical roots than incisors and are usually firmly connected to the jawbone. Canine teeth usually have the longest root of all teeth present in the mouth and are the last to fully erupt and get situated, around age 13.
Impacted canines, then, are canines that are essentially blocked, stuck or unable to erupt completely and function properly. Third molars, known more commonly as wisdom teeth, are the most common victims of impaction. Wisdom teeth serve no real vital function in the mouth, and as a result, are frequently removed. However, impacted canines are very important to the bite, and require additional treatment.
Impacted canines require treatment for the following reasons:
-Canines are usually the last of the front teeth to get situated and therefore close any gaps that may be present in the upper teeth
-Canines play a vital part in the mechanism of biting and are the first teeth to touch when the jaw closes, leading all other teeth into position
-Canine teeth are important to the correct alignment and function of other teeth, and so missing or impacted canines can greatly affect the function and outward appearance of the smile
There are many causes for canine teeth to become impacted, such as extra teeth growing and disruption the natural growth of the canines and overcrowding of teeth, leading to there being no space for the canines to grow out. Regardless of the cause of impacted canines, it is important to get treatment for them.
To begin treatment, schedule a consultation today. Dr. Khan will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and recommend treatment options to get you back to having a beautiful, and functional, smile.