Impacted Canines/Tooth Exposure in Silverdale, WA
Have Impacted Canines?
Your canine teeth are an essential part of your mouth, allowing you to bite and chew with ease. They're the first to touch the rest of the teeth, guiding your jaw into place. Canines are the sturdiest and are vital to keeping your jaw healthy since they have the longest root in human teeth. If your canines aren’t properly growing into your mouth, it may cause serious oral health issues in the future.
At Lowell Street Dental Implant & Surgical Center, Dr. Wilde offers tooth exposure procedures to properly release the canines and prevent oral issues. Our office is located in Silverdale, WA and we provide services in Kitsap County such as Keyport, Bremerton, and Poulsbo, WA. Read on to learn more about why it’s important to expose the canines at the early stage.
What Are Impacted Canines?
Impacted canines are caused by extra teeth blocking their growing path or a natural misalignment. This results in the canines being unable to erupt past the gum line. While impacted canines are common in the top arch, they can also happen at the bottom arch.
If impacted canines are left untreated, it can result in serious oral health issues. Impacted teeth can damage the surrounding teeth, causing them to shift and become misaligned. In fact, misaligned teeth make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene. They increase the chances of developing decay, cavities, oral infection, or gum disease.
Signs & Symptoms of Impacted Canines
If you believe you or your child may have impacted canines, these are the signs to look for:
- Jawbone pain
- Bleeding gums
- Misaligned teeth
- Tender or swollen gums
- Bad breath and/or taste in your mouth
If you or your child are experiencing any of the listed above, call our Silverdale, WA office at (360) 692-0300 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilde.
Diagnosing Impacted Canines
If your impacted canines have been detected at an early stage, your treatment will be quick and simple. To perform early prevention, Dr. Wilde will use X-rays and digital scans and conduct thorough dental exams. This allows Dr. Wilde to correct any issues in your jaw before they can worsen.
Tooth Exposure Treatment
If your canines haven’t been exposed at a young age, you may be at risk of your canine fusing with your jawbone. The earlier we perform a canine exposure treatment, the easier it will be for the tooth to grow naturally without any issues.
Treatment for Children & Young Adults
If your child has an impacted canine, it can usually be exposed. Dr. Wilde can do one or more of the following depending on the situation of the impacted canine:
- Making a small incision in the gum tissue and placing braces to make space for proper eruption of the adult teeth.
- Extraction of over-retained baby teeth and/or selected adult teeth that are blocking the eruption of the canine.
- Removing any extra teeth (supernumerary teeth) or growths that are blocking the eruption of any of the adult teeth.
After the treatment, you can choose to undergo orthodontic treatment to ensure your teeth become properly aligned.
Treatment for Adults
If the impacted canines haven’t been treated during childhood or early adulthood, there’s a high chance that your impacted canine has fused into your jawbone. In this case, the impacted canine won’t budge despite the efforts of your orthodontist and oral surgeon to make them erupt into their proper place. However, Dr. Wilde recommends extracting some teeth and undergoing orthodontic treatment to realign the remaining teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the tooth exposure procedure hurt?
Dr. Wilde and our skilled dental team prioritize your safety and comfort. With a local anesthetic and your choice of sedation dentistry, we’ll make sure you’ll feel little to no pain or discomfort during your procedure.
After the procedure, you may experience some pain and discomfort after the anesthetic and sedation wear off. However, this is normal and can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses. If you continue to experience pain and soreness, call our Silverdale, WA office at (360) 692-0300 and we’ll schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilde.
What happens if you leave an impacted canine tooth?
If your canine is left impacted, it can bring serious oral health issues. The impacted teeth can hurt your jaw and give you headaches due to jaw pain. Impacted canines can result in your surrounding teeth shifting and becoming misaligned. The resulting misaligned teeth increase the chances of oral infection, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Visit Dr. Wilde for Impacted Teeth
If you or your child is suffering from impacted canine teeth, it’s important to seek treatment right away to prevent oral health issues in the future. If you’re looking for a periodontist who has knowledge and experience in performing tooth exposure treatment in Silverdale, WA, and the surrounding areas, Dr. Wilde can help. Call our Silverdale office at (360) 692-0300 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilde. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
Dr. Greggory Wilde, Periodontist at Lowell Street Dental Implant and Surgical Center in Silverdale, WA
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