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How common are impacted canines?

How common are impacted canines?

How common are impacted canines? About 2% of the population have an impacted upper canine usually affecting one side only. Most of these impact towards the roof of the mouth (the ‘palate’) but some impact towards the cheek.

Are impacted canines rare?

While upper canines are in fact the second most commonly impacted teeth behind wisdom teeth, it is still considered rare, with an incidence in the U.S. population of approximately 2%. Impacted canines are far more common in females than in males. There are some well-documented causes of canine impaction.

Which tooth has the highest frequency of impaction?

In mandibular arch, canine was the most frequently impacted tooth (49.5%) followed by the second premolars (37.4%) and the first premolars (11.1%). Impacted central (1%) and lateral (1%) incisors were observed in one patient.

How long does it take for an impacted canine to come in?

Making the impacted canines reach their final position can take from a few months to more than one year.

Is it necessary to remove impacted canine?

Generally, because of the location and importance of these teeth, a dentist will try to avoid removing and replacing these teeth, if at all possible. Typically in most cases, your dentist will use a treatment to encourage the canine tooth to break through the gums. This is a decision you and your dentist make together.

How long does it take for impacted canines to come down with braces?

Mandibular impacted canine. It may take up to 12 months to bring the canine into the dental arch and once it is there, it may take another year to finish its alignment.

Which teeth are most often missing?

Genetic factors cause congenitally missing teeth and this condition is often seen in generations of a family. The most common missing teeth are wisdom teeth, upper lateral incisors, and second premolars/bicuspids.

What is canine impaction?

A canine is considered as being impacted if it is interrupted after complete root development or the contralateral tooth is erupted for at least 6 months with complete root formation [1]. Impaction of maxillary canines is a frequently encountered clinical problem.

What happens if impacted canine is not removed?

If an impacted canine is not treated it will stay in the bone of the jaws. The baby canine will sometimes stay in place for many years but is usually lost at some stage leaving a gap. The impacted canine can cause problems if left in the jaw bone.

What happens if you leave impacted canine?

If the impacted canine tooth is left untreated, the damage to the adjacent tooth can progress, leaving it unrestorable and vulnerable to tooth loss.