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Impacted Canines

The canine teeth in the upper jaw are the last to erupt and often can be short of space because all the other teeth have occupied up the available space.

In this situation the canines may get pushed backward to into the palate and may get impacted, or stuck, there. This is a complex problem requiring oral surgery to gain access to these teeth and then orthodontic treatment to redirect them into the mouth. Early intervention can help to redirect the teeth before they become stuck, which is another reason why orthodontic screening at an early age is extremely beneficial.

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