Our doctors can provide treatment for impacted canines to improve the appearance and function of your teeth.  Impacted canines are the second most common type of impacted tooth, following impacted wisdom teeth, and can have a significant effect on your oral health and function.  Call AZ Dental at 408-227-6000 to make your appointment with our oral surgeon in San Jose, California, and learn more about impacted teeth.

Humans have two upper canines and two lower canines.  These teeth are also known as cuspids, fangs or “eye teeth,” and have thicker and more conical roots than the incisors.  They are often the last teeth to fully erupt and fall into place (usually about age 13).

When a tooth is “impacted,” it is blocked, stuck, or unable to fully erupt and function properly.  This is most common with wisdom teeth (third molars), but also occurs with the canine teeth.  It is important that you receive prompt treatment for impacted canine teeth, as these teeth play an important role in the function of your teeth.  Treatment for impacted canines helps to:

  • Close gaps between the teeth
  • Improve the biting function
  • Ensure the correct alignment and function of the other teeth

Your canine teeth may become impacted if there are extra teeth in your mouth, the teeth are overcrowded, or if there are unusual growth on the soft tissue of your mouth.  Early and thorough examination can often prevent impacted teeth.  Children should meet with the dentist about age 7 for an evaluation of the growth and development of their teeth.

Our oral surgeon will thoroughly examine your teeth, and will take radiographs to determine the full extent of the problem before recommending a treatment.  Treatments for impacted canines include extraction and orthodontic treatment.

We invite you to call our office today for more information about impacted canines.