You have two upper (maxillary) canines and two lower (mandibular) canines. Canine teeth often have the longest root of all teeth in the human mouth and are known as the "keystones" of the dental arch (engineered to be architecturally strong). Hence, your orthodontist wants your canine to be used as it was intended. Dr Jacks will surgically expose the tooth, glue an orthodontic bracket onto the canine's crown and connect a small chain to your orthodontic braces.
Impacted canines are seen in the following scenarios:
- Young girls moreso than young boys
- Upper jaw (maxilla) more often than the lower jaw (mandible)
- In the upper jaw (maxilla), 85% are impacted on the palate-side of teeth
- In the lower jaw (mandible), most occur on the facial (lips) side of teeth
Dr. Jacks will discuss the specifics of your case:
- Review your health history.
- Review your x-rays to determine the exact position of the impacted canine.
- Discuss the appropriate level of anesthesia (most prefer nitrous oxide and local numbing shots).
- Pre-op and Post-op details.
- Scheduling and fees.