Chances are, you are already familiar with impacted wisdom teeth. Interestingly enough, canine teeth can also fail to emerge, or come out at the wrong time. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that your child has a full mouth x-ray. By the time your child is 7 years old, your dentist will be able to see all of the adult teeth, as well as make a good estimation of how and when they will emerge. If your Central London dentists suspects that a canine tooth is crowded, or will not emerge properly, he/she can take steps to correct the problem.
As you may be aware, canine teeth play a number of important roles in chewing and maintaining proper tooth alignment. Typically, when canines are out of place or missing, it will disrupt good oral health. Fortunately, your dentist can begin making use of braces and brackets to help encourage the canines to drop into position at the right time. In some cases, it may also be necessary to remove a baby tooth, or other teeth that may be preventing the canines from erupting on their own.
Depending on your child’s mouth, a dentist may have to cut into the gum and install a small chain on the tooth. From there, the dentist will use a rubber band to gently pull the tooth into place over the course of a year. Once the tooth is in place, the dentist may also need to make modifications to the gum in order to ensure that it can support and nourish the adult tooth.
In most cases, your dentist may not have to make use of extreme procedures to ensure that impacted canines erupt and take up their proper role in your child’s mouth. Typically, the sooner your child receives treatment for this condition, the easier it will be to ensure that all of the teeth emerge in their proper order and location. If your child is 7 years old, it is very important to ask your Central London dentist about the possibility of managing impacted canine teeth.