Eyeteeth are the canines in the upper jaw that are right below the eye sockets. Occasionally, these teeth do not erupt through the gum properly and instead become impacted. When this occurs, it is usually necessary for an oral surgeon to expose the affected tooth or teeth to prevent complications. Often, a dentist will identify an impacted eyetooth during a normal exam, but it is also possible to experience symptoms before a diagnosis is made or after allowing the impaction to persist without treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms of an impacted eyetooth, see an oral surgeon in San Diego for treatment.
The most obvious symptom of an impacted canine tooth is that the tooth is not visible or that a baby tooth remains in position into the teenage years. If the impacted tooth is not treated, other symptoms may appear, including difficulties with chewing and speaking. Impacted teeth can also cause pain at the location of the tooth as well as referred pain the jaw and neck. The longer the tooth is not treated, the more symptoms may appear. In the long term, cysts, infections, and internal and external root resorption are possible. When these symptoms occur, an oral surgeon may have to remove the tooth completely, causing the patient to need a dental implant.
The treatment of an impacted canine depends on a number of factors, including the age of the patient. If the problem is diagnosed early, braces may be used to create a space for the impacted tooth, which may erupt on its own when space is made or may erupt after oral surgery to remove any blockages. If the tooth does not erupt by itself, an oral surgeon may open the gum to expose the tooth, removing any remaining baby tooth, and attach a small chain to the tooth that is later attached to braces wires to gently coax the tooth into position. When this doesn’t work, it may be necessary to remove the tooth completely and replace it with a dental implant. The older patients are when they seek treatment for an impacted eyetooth, the more likely it is that the oral surgeon will have to remove the tooth.