Sometimes, the teeth do not erupt through the gums in the way they are supposed to. These teeth, submerged in the gum tissue, are said to be impacted. When most people think of impacted teeth, they think primarily of wisdom teeth. However, the four canines and at times other teeth can also be impacted, requiring surgical intervention.
Impacted canines are most often treated during the teenage years. No matter your age, however, if you are looking for impacted canine treatment in Mercer Island, WA, we invite you to contact our practice.
What are Canines?
The canines, also known as eye teeth, are the more pointed teeth located on either side of the incisors. These are strong biting teeth, and they play several important roles within your mouth:
- They are crucial for tearing and chewing your food.
- They help guide the surrounding teeth into proper alignment.
- They protect your teeth by preventing them from coming into unhealthy contact.
- They also help provide you with a full, aesthetically pleasing smile.
Needless to say, if the canines never fully erupt through the gums, it can lead to aesthetic as well as functional problems. These problems can be resolved with impacted canine surgery, which we are happy to perform at Mercer Island Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.