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Impacted Cuspids
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Dental X-ray of Impacted Cuspids at Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryThe cuspids, which are also called the canines or the eyeteeth, are teeth with very important roles in your mouth. They are responsible for biting and tearing foods as well as guiding the jaw into proper alignment when you bite down. Even though these teeth are so important, they are one of the most likely sets of teeth to become impacted, second only to the wisdom teeth. However, where the wisdom teeth can be removed without any impact to the functions or health of your mouth, you need your cuspids. At Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we can help to expose impacted cuspids, as well as help to guide them into their proper positions, enabling them to perform their essential functions properly.

The Importance of Cuspids

Your cuspids play several important roles in your mouth. These functions include
•  Guiding your jaws into proper alignment when you bite down.
•  Helping to keep the rest of your teeth in proper alignment.
•  Biting and tearing food.
•  The cuspids are the last of your adult teeth to come in, filling in the last gaps and completing your smile.

What Causes Impacted Cuspids?

Cuspids can become impacted for one of many different reasons. Common causes of impacted cuspids include
•  Your mouth is overcrowded. This issue often occurs when your teeth are poorly aligned. Overcrowding can mean that there is not enough space for the cuspids to properly erupt.
•  There are extra teeth in your jaw. Having extra teeth leaves little to no room for the proper eruption of your cuspids.
•  While rare, your cuspids can also be blocked by growths in the gum tissue.

Diagnosing Impacted Cuspids

The likelihood of having impacted cuspids can be determined at an early age. It is recommended that your child have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. This exam is performed to diagnose the presence of orthodontic issues as well as predict the chances of future issues occurring. This includes the risk for impacted cuspids. For older patients, impacted cuspids can be diagnosed with dental X-rays. X-ray images can show the location of the cuspids and help us to determine why they are impacted.

How are Impacted Cuspids Treated?

The exact treatment for impacted cuspids varies based on the exact situation. Younger patients can often be treated with a specialized brace. This brace is designed to help the cuspids erupt properly without surgery. The only time surgery may be necessary for children is when teeth need to be extracted.

The older you are, the less likely it becomes that your cuspids will erupt on their own. If your cuspids do not erupt, surgery becomes a necessary solution. Your surgery involves removing anything that is blocking your cuspids, such as growths on your gums or your bone. Next, a metal bracket with a chain is bonded to the impacted tooth. The chain is then affixed to your existing orthodontic appliance. A rubber band is used to create tension on the chain. This tension helps the cuspids to erupt and move into proper alignment. Treatment typically takes about a whole year.

With the exposure and proper alignment of your cuspids, your mouth can function properly. For more information on impacted cuspids, and to schedule your appointment, call Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at (385) 375-3589 today.

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