Impacted Canines

Impacted Canines

Impacted canine teeth can significantly change your smile. In many oral health issues can become an issue.

The longer canines remain impacted, the more likely they are to cause problems.  Fortunately, several treatments can correct this issue.

How do I know if I need to worry about impacted canines?

When to Become Concerned ABOUT IMPACTED CANINES

Delayed Eruption

Canine teeth typically erupt between ages 11 and 12. If by age 14 or 15, they still have not appeared or the baby tooth is still in place, they may be impacted and you should schedule an appointment at Elegant Dental Care and meet with Dr Sohn.

Absence of Usual Signs

Children around the age of ten typically have a bulge in the location where their canines are going to erupt. This lump should appear on the front of the gums and not on the soft palate.

Tipped or Migrated Canines

Children around the age of ten typically have a bulge in the location where their canines are going to erupt. This lump should appear on the front of the gums and not on the soft palate.

Sometimes Impacted Canines Are Difficult to Spot WITHOUT A CBCT Scan

When a tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is caught in the jaw or under the gums, meaning visible signs of issues are less likely.

If you suspect you may have an impacted canine, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr Sohn for CBCT Scan

What causes canine teeth to become impacted?

COMMON FACTORS Seen in Canine Impaction

Insufficient Jaw Space

Lack of space in the jaw is a common reason canines fail to erupt. Patients who have a tooth which is too large for the available space the jaw becomes to crowded for the tooth.

Timing of Tooth Loss

Baby teeth act as guides for adult teeth. The ability of a permanent tooth to grow in properly may be compromised if the baby tooth falls out too early or too late.

Unusual Growth

Extra teeth, abnormal growths on the soft tissue, or other issues can all interfere with the proper eruption of canine teeth.

Our State of the Arts CBCT Imagining  Equipment is used to Quickly & Accurately IDENTIFY IMPACTED TEETH

In the event that Dr Sohn suspects your canine teeth are impacted, he will likely take a panoramic image with our Cone Beam Computed Tomography. A CBCT scan can help Dr Sohn assess damage to neighboring teeth and the amount of bone around the impacted tooth. This information is used by Dr Sohn determine the cause of the impaction and provide the best treatment plan.

Generally, the older a patient is, the less likely canine teeth will be to erupt on their own.

Is there any way to avoid serious issues?


Early Diagnosis Can Help Avoid Problems

Schedule an Orthodontic Exam Early

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends all children undergo an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven. Scheduling an appointment with Dr Sohn will enable him to identify potential issues with canine teeth before they become a problem.


Braces and other orthodontic treatments may be an option that Dr Sohn recommends to create space for the canine teeth to erupt and then guide them into place.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have impacted or concerned that you have impacted teeth call us here at Elegant Dental Care and schedule an appointment to see Dr Sohn.

Elegant Dental Care

Dr. Park uses innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology to provide world-class oral healthcare to the community of Loma Linda and surrounding areas. He is a member of a number of professional associations, including:

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  • California Dental Association

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