Canines are the slightly pointed teeth that sit on each side of the incisor teeth at the front of the mouth. We use these teeth for biting and speaking as well as other important functions. The canine, or eye tooth, normally erupts into the mouth between the ages of 11 and 13. Sometimes these teeth become impacted, which means they are developing in the wrong position. Early recognition of impacted canines is key to successful treatment. If left alone, the tooth will not erupt normally and may either damage the roots of the front teeth or push them out of position. This can also disrupt expensive orthodontic treatment so it is necessary to help the tooth erupt in the right position.
Helping the tooth erupt into your mouth involves a relatively routine surgical procedure usually performed under general anaesthetic. Dr Chahoud will expose the canine and may attach a small bracket and chain that your orthodontist will use to help manoeuvre the tooth into the desired place.
Preparing you for Surgery
Once your treatment plan has been agreed on, you will be directed to one of our patient coordinators who will work with you to find the best possible time and hospital to suit your circumstances. You should also let your orthodontist know the date surgery as they will want to see you 7-10 days after surgery.
Our staff will coordinate the booking with the hospital of choice and provide you will all the necessary information you will need for your upcoming surgery. This information will include your fasting and admission document, anaesthetist information, quote and before and after surgery information. Please contact our experienced staff with and any questions or concerns that you may have.
On the day of surgery, you should prepare to be in hospital for 5-6 hours and will need to be taken home by a responsible adult. The hospital will not allow you to leave by taxi or Uber.
We have prepared your Post Operative Instructions here.
It is important that you follow these instructions for the quickest and smoothest of recoveries with minimal pain and risk of infection.
Maintaining a nutrient rich diet post surgery will aid in a quick recovery with less risk of infection.
We have prepared a Recommended Food List here.
Please let your orthodontist know the date of your surgery as they will want to see you 7-10 days after surgery.