Canine teeth are also called “upper eye teeth” or “cuspid teeth.” They are necessary for biting food and aligning the entire jaw.

Canine teeth are the second most common teeth to become impacted (wisdom teeth are the most common).

60% of impacted canine teeth emerge behind the other teeth in the roof of the mouth. The other 40% of impacted canines emerge above and in front of the other teeth. Sometimes they stick outward towards the lip.

If the dentist or orthodontist sees missing adult teeth, they will look for the reasons. They may find that something is blocking the eyetooth or that the other teeth are crowding it.

If a cuspid tooth becomes impacted, it must be helped to emerge. Treatments may include:

  • Orthodontic treatment: braces can be used to move teeth so that there is space for the canine teeth to emerge.
  • Surgical treatment: our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons may be required to extract teeth to make room. We may extract baby teeth that have remained in the mouth for too long. Or, we may need to extract adult teeth to make room for the canines.

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