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Have you ever had a tooth erupt in the wrong position or location or even never erupt at all? It’s important to treat tooth impaction as soon as possible to prevent the rest of your mouth from experiencing complications. Our team offers an overview of impacted canine teeth and the importance of treatment to prevent further oral complications.

An impacted tooth has failed to erupt through the gum line, remaining stuck in the gums and increasing your risk of developing oral cysts and harming the neighboring teeth. While it’s more common for wisdom teeth to be impacted, the canine teeth also have a high risk for this problem. These are the teeth between the incisors and molars, and they are also called the maxillary cuspids.

We strive to provide early detection of any teeth that are impacted so that we can offer the most conservative treatment possible and bring your smile to a much healthier state. If you have canines that seem to be struggling with a normal eruption, you can receive dental X-rays from our dentist at E. Morgan Scheiber & Associates to locate the tooth position and determine if there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

To treat canine impaction, we may need to remove some gum tissue to uncover the tooth and allow it to come in normally. Cases that have other complications may require the tooth to be bonded to an orthodontic attachment that will use gentle force to properly position the tooth. Treatment for tooth impaction depends on your condition and can range from several months to a year or so.

Please feel free to schedule a visit with Dr. Scheiber and Dr. Akradi by calling 508-746-4033 today if you have further questions about correcting an impacted tooth in Plymouth, Massachusetts.