Exposure of Impacted Canines

Impacted Canine

Exposure of Impacted Canines Treatment in Chicago, IL

Every tooth in your mouth has a name, and canine teeth sit on either side of the four front teeth on the upper and lower jaw. These teeth are essential for tearing and biting food. When a canine tooth doesn’t correctly align with the rest of the teeth, it can become trapped beneath the gum tissue. This condition requires the expertise of a trained oral surgeon to expose the tooth.   

Millennium Park Oral Surgery has seasoned surgeons who have perfected this technique. Our experts will carefully uncover the impacted tooth and prepare you for the next phase of your treatment.

Causes of an Impacted Canine

There are multiple reasons why your canine may be impacted. Those reasons include the following: 

  • Baby teeth have not fallen out as they should
  • There are extra teeth in the mouth
  • A growth blocks the tooth’s path
  • Crowded or misaligned teeth are blocking the space where it should erupt

The cause of impaction can be determined through a comprehensive visual examination combined with a series of X-rays. After identifying the cause, your surgeon will discuss appropriate treatment options to help the tooth emerge into the correct position in the dental arch.   

Treating an Impacted Canine

Your surgeon may recommend extracting teeth to resolve an overcrowding issue or to remove extra teeth. They may also recommend removing any growths blocking the path of the adult tooth. Any extractions performed will be done under local anesthetic by a skilled surgeon. Sometimes, the blocked space opens up by age 11 or 12, meaning no surgical treatment is necessary.   

Why You Should Expose Your Canine 

Your canines play an essential role in your mouth. They have a unique shape, making them crucial for tearing, biting, and chewing your food. These teeth also help align your upper and lower jaws when opening and closing your mouth. When they are in the correct position, they are the first teeth to touch when you bite down. This action helps guide the rest of your teeth into the right place. 

Canines have long roots and solid bone support, making them the ideal teeth to guide the rest of the mouth. Without canine teeth, this guidance is distributed between the other upper teeth, increasing the wear and tear. This makes your teeth more likely to fracture and break.  

Canines on the top arch help properly align the rest of your tooth. When your canine teeth aren’t in the right place, it can lead to misaligned teeth. Misaligned teeth lead to many issues, including uneven wear, grinding, TMJ disorders, and an increased risk for cavities and gum disease.   

Impacted teeth also lead to a higher chance of developing cysts and tumors, leading to bone loss and damage to adjacent tissues. 

Manage Your Impact Canines With Our Experts 

Managing your impacted canine teeth can be successful when you trust an experienced surgeon. Millennium Park Oral Surgeons are experts in ensuring this procedure goes as smoothly as possible for any patient.

Contact Millennium Park Oral Surgery today to schedule your consultation!  


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Chicago, IL 60602

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