Cannine In the Palate

Where is the upper canine?

Sometimes the canine tooth develops out of its correct position in the roof of the mouth palate, along the edge of the nose. This is also known as a buried canine.

What is a canine in the palate?

A canine growing in the palate may happen when the tooth develops abnormally in the soft part of the upper mouth. Circumstances in which the problem arises include:

Not erupting or remaining embedded in the palate

Developing through the palate to the back of the front teeth.

Why does this occur?

Canine in the palate is an oral structural development disorder where the canine tooth grows abnormally and is therefore not in the correct position. The condition may occur due to a genetic trait or an irregularity in oral development due to dental structure.

Will the tooth need to be removed?

Generally, this condition is only treated with dental extraction of the canine if the tooth is causing trauma. Should the canine not be causing dental or tissue damage and not creating any discomfort, a dentist may recommend leaving the tooth in position. If this is the case the dentist may recommend realignment of the tooth using orthodontic treatment.

How will the tooth be treated?

If embedded within the palate, the area covering the canine may be opened within a hospital or practice to allow exposure of the tooth. Thereafter, the canine tooth may be re-positioned using an orthodontic brace system. Orthodontic treatment for canine in the palate may last up to two years.

Will I still need a retainer?

Yes, once brace treatment for the condition is completed (after an approximate two-year period) a retainer may be used to keep the canine in its new, correct position.

How long will I need to wear the retainer for?

The retainer should be worn at night and prevents the relapse of the canine tooth. Treatment with a retainer lasts around twelve months when the canine has completed re-alignment.

Will there be any permanent damage?

The orthodontic and retainer treatment does not cause any damage to the tooth. The dentist will however provide advice about correct dental hygiene, during treatment in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

The fixtures of the brace need regular cleaning, fizzy drinks should be avoided as they may cause decay around the appliance. Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash is recommended for good oral health and fresh breath.

Does the treatment provide permanent results, or will I need additional future treatment?

After completing orthodontic treatment, the canine tooth should remain stable within its correct dental position.


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