Procedure Overview

The canine (eye tooth), is usually expected to erupt before the age of 14 in females and 15 in males. It is the most frequently impacted tooth after the third molars. It is believed that the tooth’s long eruption path makes it more prone to disturbances. Along its descent in the mouth the tooth may be impacted either because of a lack of space in the jaw itself or due to premature eruption of the lateral incisor which deviates the path of the canine.
Sometimes, we look at the teeth beside the canines to help guide us if there is canine impaction or not. We also feel the gum tissue around the canine and sometimes we can feel a bulge in the area.

After we complete a clinical examination, we may decide to obtain a 2D X-ray to localize the tooth. In some cases, a 3D image is taken with our CBCT to provide us with the location of the tooth and status of the adjacent structures.

Can I leave my impacted canine?

Patients who have impacted canines may choose to leave them in place. If this is the case, close follow-up and regular dental visits with periodic x-rays will be required.
Leaving the canine impacted may result in an enlarged pouch (cyst) around the tooth which may affect adjacent structures.

Secondly, the baby canine tooth on that side may be retained. Esthetically, it will look different than the opposite side as baby teeth are smaller and more sensitive to cavities.

Types of Canine Surgeries

Sometimes, a minor surgery is needed to expose and bond an orthodontic bracket to the impacted tooth and help bring the tooth in alignment with the rest of the teeth.
Occasionally, the tooth is close to the surface, but your orthodontist/dentist needs to gain access to it. A minor surgery is needed to uncover the tooth and expose it. This is known as a gingivectomy.

Less commonly, we may have to expose the tooth and reposition the tissue around the impacted tooth to create an adequate band of gum tissue as the tooth descends into the mouth.

These procedures are typically completed while the patient is sedated or under general anesthesia.

At Blueridge OMS we take pride in providing the best care possible.Your safety, privacy and comfort are of the utmost importance.

— Dr. Osama Soliman

Digital Workflow Process


Photographs, CBCT, Intraoral scan

Virtual Show & Tell

Custom parts ordered and design completed

3D Printed Surgical Guides

Planned with your dentist/denturist and our laboratory and implant partners

Surgery Day

Surgical Suites or Operating Room​ prepared. Options for awake, IV sedation or General anesthesia​ with in house Anesthesiologist for larger reconstructive surgery.

Surgery Follow Ups

Coordinated prosthetic solutions with your dentist/denturist and our laboratory and implant partners

Surgical Excellence



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