Canine teeth are teeth which have the longest roots. A permanent maxillary canine is the second most frequent impacted tooth.

What happens if the canine tooth doesn’t erupt when proper space is available?

An orthodontist and oral surgeon will work together to expose the canine and allow for eruption into the mouth. A simple surgical procedure done by the oral surgeon exposes the canine and then a bracket with a miniature gold chain is attached. The surgeon will guide the chain back to the orthodontic wire where it is temporarily attached.

What will be the orthodontist involvement in your treatment?

Shortly after surgery your orthodontist will put a light eruptive force on the exposed canine. This will begin the process of moving the tooth into its proper place in the dental arch. It is a slow process that may take up to a full year or less to complete.

What should I expect after the procedure?

You can expect a limited amount of bleeding from the surgical site after surgery. Although there will be some discomfort most patients find Tylenol or Advil to be more than adequate to manage any discomfort. Within 2-3 days after surgery there is usually little need for any medication at all. There may be some swelling from holding the lip to visualize the surgery site; it can be minimized by applying an ice pack to the lip after surgery. Bruising can be common after any dental surgery.