After wisdom teeth (third molars), canines (also called cuspids or eyeteeth) are the most frequent tooth to become displaced or impacted. An estimated 1-2.5% of the population have an impacted upper canine tooth, most commonly on just one side. Underlying reasons include a shortage of space including existing crowded teeth, a baby tooth that hasn’t fallen out, and genetics. It’s important to treat an impacted tooth to prevent improper eruption of nearby teeth, cyst formation, possible infection, or other undesirable changes in the jaw. Surgical exposures are performed most frequently on canine tooth and wisdom teeth, followed by impacted central incisors. Dr. R. Jonas Collins has expertise performing successful surgical exposures in Charlottesville and Waynesboro, VA, for restored bite function and improved smile aesthetics.
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