Exposure and Repositioning of Impacted Teeth

Impacted canines, also known as impacted canine teeth, occur when the canine teeth fail to erupt properly into their designated positions in the dental arch.

Canines are the pointy, sharp teeth located on either side of the incisors, and their proper alignment is essential for a functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.

At Elevated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we specialize in diagnosing and treating impacted canines, providing our patients in San Diego, CA, with effective solutions and improved oral health. 


Understanding Impacted Canines

Impaction of canines can occur due to various reasons, such as inadequate space in the dental arch, abnormal tooth development, or the presence of extra teeth blocking their eruption path. When canines become impacted, they may remain trapped within the jawbone or attempt to erupt in the wrong position, causing several dental issues. Left untreated, impacted canines can lead to misalignment, overcrowding, and other complications that can affect both oral health and appearance. 

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Diagnosing impacted canines requires a thorough dental examination, which may involve X-rays, 3D imaging, and other advanced diagnostic techniques. At Elevated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, our experienced oral surgeons, together with a team of dental professionals, will assess your specific case and develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

The treatment for impacted canines depends on the severity of the impaction and the age of the patient. In some cases, early intervention during adolescence may involve orthodontic intervention, such as the placement of braces or the use of orthodontic appliances, to create sufficient space for the canines to erupt naturally. However, more complex impactions may require surgical intervention. 


Surgical Treatment for Impacted Canines

When surgical intervention is necessary, our skilled oral surgeons will carefully expose the impacted canine, allowing it to be guided into its proper position within the dental arch.

This procedure, known as canine exposure, is typically performed under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure patient comfort. The oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the impacted tooth and, if needed, remove any obstructing bone or tissue.

Following the exposure, orthodontic techniques may be employed to guide the tooth into its correct alignment. 


Benefits of Seeking Treatment at Elevated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

At Elevated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we understand the importance of proper oral health and the impact it has on overall well-being. Our practice is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed with a compassionate team of professionals dedicated to providing exceptional care. With our expertise in oral and maxillofacial surgery, including the treatment of impacted canines, you can trust that you will receive personalized attention and optimal treatment outcomes. 

Schedule a Consultation

If you suspect you or your child may have impacted canines, it is crucial to seek professional care. Contact Elevated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule a consultation. Our team will assess your situation, explain the treatment options available, and work with you to create an individualized plan for your specific needs. Together, we can address impacted canines and help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.

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Dr. James H. MacDowell, DDS

Oral Surgeon

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Our practice is conveniently located in the beautiful city of San Diego, CA. Whether you are a local resident or visiting from out of town, we are easily accessible, ensuring that your oral surgical needs are met with convenience and ease.

Schedule a Consultation

Your oral health is our top priority. Schedule a consultation with Dr. James MacDowell at Elevated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today and experience the highest level of oral surgical care in San Diego, CA. Together, we can elevate  your smile and transform your life.