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Impacted Canine Surgery

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Emergency Medical Dental Clinic is North Dublin’s Premier Emergency and Aesthetic Dentistry Clinic open 7 Days a week including Saturday and Sundays every weekend.

Everybody should have four canines that are permanent.

Between the ages of 11 and 13, the upper canines often erupt in the mouth.

Sometimes one or both of these teeth may grow in incorrectly or may become "impacted"—stuck or wedged—against the roots of teeth on either side of them.

The teeth nearby could be harmed by this. Frequently, the canine tooth can get impacted in the palate, which is the roof of the mouth, behind the front teeth. A crucial tooth is the canine tooth. If it is in a proper position, orthodontic treatment, such as braces, can bring it into alignment. This would entail both exposing or uncovering the tooth and undergoing orthodontic treatment, which could last up to 2 and a half years.

The procedure to remove a canine tooth is typically performed under general anaesthesia, meaning you will be sleeping throughout. In order to numb the area, the procedure is occasionally performed under local anaesthesia. The procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes, and you typically return home the same day.

A small bit of gum and bone will be removed by the surgeon to reveal the tooth once you are sleeping, or the area is completely numb.

There are three alternatives once your canine teeth are visible. You will talk about them with your surgeon.

Chain and Bracket

The tooth is attached by adhesive to an orthodontic bracket. It has a short gold chain attached to it that can be fastened to the gum with a stitch or one of your teeth. Do not be concerned if the gold chain occasionally hangs down.

Plate Cover

You could get a straightforward removable brace built for you to stop the gum from growing back over the tooth. A gum dressing may occasionally be inserted into the brace. Before you leave the hospital, we will demonstrate how to take the brace off and put it back on. It will remain there for seven to ten days.

Gauze Pack

To aid with healing, gauze bandage may occasionally be stitched to the gum. The wound is then stitched up using stitches that dissolve. If you are wearing a dressing, it must be left on for 7–10 days. The pack must be kept in place at all times. Please call the surgeon right away if this happens. At your subsequent appointment, your surgeon or orthodontist will remove it.

What is the risk to the surgery?

Bleeding is frequent in the first 1 to 24 hours, but it should be minimal. Expect soreness for two to three days; this can be managed with 'over the counter' medicine. If an infection does emerge, it will do so 2–5 days following the procedure. If you are healthy, it is quite unlikely that general anaesthesia will cause any serious issues.

Are their alternatives?

Leaving the tooth in its current position without orthodontic treatment is one of the options for impacted canine teeth. If orthodontic therapy cannot be completed, the tooth will be removed.

How will I feel after surgery?

When you awaken, your mouth can have some numb spots. For a few days, most people experience some stiffness. To help with this, you might need to take some painkillers. Blood may taste bad in some people's mouths for a day or two after little bleeding. For a few days, you might have to eat soft foods because the area will feel swollen. You need to rest after the procedure. In 2-4 weeks, the stitches will disappear.

How do I care for my mouth?

Bracket and Chain

Teeth should be cleaned twice day using a small-headed, gentle toothbrush.  For a week, you should use mouthwash or warm salty mouthwash to keep your mouth as clean as you can. On the day of the operation, this should not be done.

Plate cover

You shouldn't remove a cover plate that has been supplied to you for 48 hours. Remove it and scrub it with a toothbrush after 48 hours. From now on, twice daily cleanings of the cover plate are required.

Use a soft, small-headed toothbrush to clean the rest of your teeth twice each day. Please use a mouthwash for a week, preferably one containing chlorhexidine or warm salt water.

What next?

Please keep scheduling routine visits with your orthodontist so they can keep straightening your canine teeth.

What if there is an emergency?

Please get in touch with your canine tooth surgeon right once if you have any surgical emergencies. If there are any problems with your braces, call our helpful Smile Hub Dental Team

Our mission is to provide exceptional aesthetic dentistry while also promoting long-term dental wellness.

Our carefully selected team of dental specialists will go above and beyond to ensure that each patient's treatment plan is specifically tailored to their needs.

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