ADA Accessibility Information



Impacted Canines

Treatment of Impacted Canines provided by and in Honolulu & Waipi'o, HI at

Impacted canines, also referred to as un-erupted canines, refers to a condition in which the canine tooth could not erupt in its proper place and requires treatment.

The Causes of Impacted Canines

Impacted canines often result from overcrowding of the teeth. If there is not enough space in the jaw for all the teeth, adjacent teeth may block the canine from coming into the proper positioning.

Impacted canines can also result from unusual growths in the gums or bone overlying the canine blocking the tooth from eruption. Similarly, when a baby canine does not fall out in an appropriate time, it may block the permanent canine from emerging from the gums normally.

Treatment for Impacted Canines

The first step in treating this dental condition is to have a x-ray of the teeth of the patient. Depending on positioning of the tooth, we may take digital x-rays or a 3D CT scan. With this, we can determine the cause of impaction and develop a surgical plan for treatment.

If the cause of impaction is due to overcrowding or retained baby teeth, we may have to extract teeth to create enough space for your canine. Oftentimes, even when adequate space is cleared, the impacted canine will need assistance to erupt into proper positioning. In these cases, the impacted tooth is surgically exposed, and an orthodontic bracket attached to a chain is bonded to the tooth. Your orthodontist will use this chain to help pull the impacted canine into proper alignment!

You must see your orthodontist after 1 to 14 days following your operation to manage the eruption process of the stuck canines. You may experience some slight discomfort after the surgery in the form of pain or swelling. You may apply ice packs to affected areas or use prescribed pain medications. If you encounter any other problems after your operation, it is recommended that you call us here at Pacific Maxillofacial Center, right away.


What are impacted canines?

Impacted canines are teeth that fail to erupt properly into the mouth and become stuck in the jawbone or gum tissue. This can lead to various dental problems and may require surgical intervention to correct.

What causes canines to become impacted?

Canines can become impacted due to several reasons, including insufficient space in the dental arch, abnormal positioning of the tooth bud, or genetic factors. Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent complications.

How are impacted canines diagnosed?

Impacted canines are diagnosed through a combination of clinical examination and dental imaging techniques such as X-rays or CT scans. These methods help determine the exact position and orientation of the impacted tooth.

What are the treatment options for impacted canines?

Treatment options for impacted canines may include orthodontic treatment to create space and guide the tooth into position, or surgical exposure and bonding of an orthodontic bracket to facilitate eruption. In some cases, extraction might be necessary.

What is the recovery process like after surgery for impacted canines?

The recovery process after surgery for impacted canines typically involves some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medications and ice packs. Most patients can return to normal activities within a few days, but complete healing may take a few weeks.

Are there risks associated with impacted canine surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with impacted canine surgery. These may include infection, bleeding, or damage to adjacent teeth or structures. However, these risks are generally low, and complications are rare.

How can I prevent canines from becoming impacted?

While it may not be possible to prevent impacted canines entirely, early intervention through regular dental check-ups can help identify potential issues before they become problematic. Orthodontic treatment during childhood can also help guide teeth into proper alignment.

Does insurance cover the treatment for impacted canines?

Insurance coverage for the treatment of impacted canines varies depending on the specific plan and provider. It is recommended to contact your insurance company to understand the coverage details and any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.

What should I expect during my consultation for impacted canines in Honolulu & Oahu?

During your consultation for impacted canines, the oral surgeon will conduct a thorough examination, review your dental history, and take necessary imaging. They will then discuss your treatment options, the expected outcomes, and answer any questions you may have.

How long does the treatment process for impacted canines typically take?

The treatment process for impacted canines varies depending on the complexity of the case and the chosen treatment method. Orthodontic treatment can take several months to years, while surgical procedures may require a shorter recovery period.

Contact Us Today!

We would love to help to ensure the safety of your teeth and make them healthier. Should you have any questions, or want more information on the procedure, then give us a call today at 808-585-8455.
Pacific Maxillofacial Center Logo


1060 Young St #312
Honolulu, HI 96814-1604


Office: 808-585-8455
Email: Send us an Email

Office hours

Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm


94-1221 Ka Uka Blvd #B-204
Waipahu, HI 96797


Office: 808-676-9560
Email: Send us an Email

Office hours

Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm

Copyright © 2016-2024 Pacific Maxillofacial Center and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap
Impacted Canines in Honolulu & Oahu
At Pacific Maxillofacial Center in Honolulu, we can help resolved impacted canines and get your child's teeth back on track. Click here to learn more!
Pacific Maxillofacial Center, 1060 Young Street #312, Honolulu, HI 96814 • 808-585-8455 • • 7/24/2024 • Page Phrases: Dental Implants Honolulu •