Impacted Canines

An impacted tooth simply means that it is under the tissue and cannot erupt into the mouth. Most impacted teeth are the third molars, or wisdom teeth. Occasionally, the maxillary cuspid or eye tooth, can become impacted. The cuspid tooth is an important tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in biting.

Normally, the maxillary cuspid teeth are the last of the anterior teeth to erupt into position. They usually come into place around age 12-13. If a cuspid (canine) tooth gets impacted, your orthodontist will make every attempt to bring this tooth into the mouth. Surgical techniques such as uncovering the impacted cuspid and placing a button and eruption chain to aid eruption are employed. Once the tooth is uncovered, your orthodontist will attempt to bring the cuspid tooth into the mouth.