Impacted Canine Treatments at Atlantic Oral Surgery

At Atlantic Oral Surgery, we pride ourselves on developing custom treatment plans that ensure the optimal safety of each patient and strive to follow the most beneficial and least invasive strategy to take care of all your dental needs. We specialize in the treatment of impacted canines by determining the cause of the problem and how to meet each patient’s specific criteria. We are currently based in North Carolina and provide our services to individuals seeking professional care and are based in the cities of Mooresville, Statesville, Lake Norman, and Cornelius.

In our practice, we are determined to constantly provide clear communication and transparent guidelines on each procedure, to ensure the comfort and safety of our patients. Prior to your procedure, your personal Atlantic Oral Surgeon will brief you on the details of your procedure, the desired outcome, and what you can expect pre, during, and after your treatment.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still read up on our treatments and get an overview of what to expect. If you’ve got a treatment scheduled with us or if you’re looking for more information regarding impacted canines, we’ve compiled some of our most frequently asked questions to help where we can.

What are Impacted Canines?

The Canine Teeth are also commonly referred to as the ‘eye teeth’ and are known to be one of the strongest teeth in your mouth. Now, as you can imagine – this can cause quite a sensitive stir when they grow abnormally. Not only are these teeth extremely strong, but they also have the longest routes, which is why a proper oral treatment plan needs to be set in place when they start to become impacted. When we say ‘impacted’ we are referring to the fact that they are unable to emerge from your gum, either because of crowding or abnormal growth – causing them to be blocked by bone or soft tissue. Luckily, our highly-skilled doctors and surgeons are well-equipped to take care of the problem.

How do you treat impacted canines?

Depending on the severity of the impacted teeth, your x-rays and a personal consultation with your oral surgeon, a dedicated treatment plan will be set into place. This will either involve braces or your oral surgeon may have to remove the teeth that are blocking the impacted tooth from erupting. Unfortunately, in most cases, the impacted tooth will not erupt by itself and it is strongly advised to seek expert advice. Your oral surgeon will frequently work closely with your orthodontist to develop a treatment plan that will best benefit you and cause the least amount of discomfort in the future.

Complications Arising From Impacted Teeth

Dentists often consider the canine teeth as a crucial part of your dental arch, and ultimately try their best to resolve the matter without having to extract the impacted teeth, and rather make way for them to erupt with some help from oral surgeons and procedures. Although it may seem daunting at first, the fact remains that the impacted teeth are not growing where or how they are supposed to and further growth may cause complications that could have been easily avoided otherwise.

When nothing is done to treat your impacted teeth, some common side effects can include:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Increased damage to the surrounding teeth
  • Misaligned surrounding teeth
  • General gum pain and discomfort

Common signs that you may have impacted canine teeth

At Atlantic Oral Surgery, we follow strict protocols and make use of advanced technologies to ensure that our treatment plans are precise and detailed to ensure optimal results. Each patient will undergo a thorough oral examination, which will consist of taking x-rays of the mouth, as the oral surgeon determines the placement of the teeth and where the precise areas of eruption are impacted or blocked. It’s also important to note that symptoms may vary from each individual, and it is generally advised to book an appointment with your doctor if you experience any form of prolonged pain or discomfort.

However, there are a few common signs that may indicate that it’s time to schedule that appointment sooner rather than later.

  1. Swelling in the impacted area
  2. Discomfort and pain when chewing or talking
  3. Dull and persistent headaches and jaw pain
  4. Consistent bad taste in your mouth

If you happen to be experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, be sure to give us a call and we’ll book you in for an appointment with one of our doctors.

What are the costs involved?

At Atlantic Oral Surgery we take an all-inclusive approach to our treatment plans to ensure that they best benefit each patient in the long-run. We understand that each patient has a different medical aid scheme or payment plan – which is why we work alongside our finance team to ensure we set-up a payment strategy that is realistic and sustainable. If you would like some more information on our payment structure, contact our administrative and finance team here – they’d be more than happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions.

We’re in this together – give us a call

We know that it can feel overwhelming and slightly nerve-wracking when thinking of the possibility of oral surgery. However, we’re here to assure you that everything will be taken care of in the expert hands of our exceptional team. Each case is unique, and we value getting to know our patients, which is why we urge our new clients to come in and schedule an appointment with us so we can help answer any questions you may have and determine the best way forward. Alternatively, if you have any scheduling, procedure, or general questions, feel free to contact us *here* – we’d love to meet you and talk you through the next steps

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