Impacted Canines: Fixing impacted teeth in Calgary.

Are your canine teeth growing abnormally?

Do you have red, swollen gums around the canine area? Do you feel pain when chewing or biting?

You may have impacted canines.

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Having impacted canines means that one or both of your canine teeth are stuck in the alveolar bone – the bone ridge that houses tooth sockets – preventing them from erupting into function. 

Since an impacted tooth can affect the aesthetics and functioning of other teeth, it’s important to consult our oral surgeons in Calgary as soon as you notice any signs.

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What can cause impacted teeth?

Impacted canines overview

Several factors can contribute to the development of impacted teeth.

These include:

  • Extra teeth: Extra teeth cause congestion on the dental arch, leaving limited room for your canines to erupt.
  • Poor front teeth alignment:  Misaligned front teeth cause overcrowding, which leaves your canines with insufficient space to erupt into function.
  • Abnormal growth: Though rare, abnormal growths in your gum’s soft tissue may restrict proper canine eruption and eventually cause impaction.
  • Inheritance: Impacted teeth can be a genetic condition.
  • Premature loss or removal of baby teeth
  • A mismatch in the shape and size of your teeth
  • Poor prior orthodontic treatment

Individuals between the age of 17 and 22 are at the highest risk of impacted teeth because this is the period when wisdom teeth develop.

What are the symptoms of impacted teeth?

In most cases, you may not experience any symptoms. However, in some people, impacted teeth can cause:

  • Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth

These symptoms may be recurring over a few weeks or even months.

Why you need treatment for impacted canines

If untreated, the impacted tooth may keep growing behind other teeth. As a result, it can cause damage to adjacent teeth as it attempts to force its way through. An impacted canine may also eat away part of the adjacent tooth’s root, which may cause other oral complications.

Additionally, wounds on the gums caused by impacted canines can make it difficult for you to clean your mouth. This may lead to a range of periodontal diseases.

Get safe, comfortable treatment for impacted teeth in Calgary

To preserve oral health and aesthetics, oral surgery may be required to correct your impacted teeth. Typically, our surgical procedure includes dental sedation to make the operation as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

After exposure of an impacted tooth

Do not disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The packing helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out, do not get alarmed but please contact our office for instructions.

Is bleeding normal?
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding that rapidly fills your mouth with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions
How can I manage or reduce the swelling?
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery.
Apply ice directly to your face in 20-minute intervals for the first 24-48 hours. You may begin applying heat 4-5 days post surgery to help relax the muscles.
What can I do to ease the pain?
Take medication as directed by your surgeon. Please contact our office if your pain becomes a concern for you.
What can I eat after the procedure?
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or hard foods. Only consume soft food and liquids on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
Can I rinse or brush my teeth after surgery?
Avoid brushing surgical area with a toothbrush until surgeon confirms.
Can I exercise after surgery?
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.
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