Impacted Teeth in
Maywood, Wayne & Franklin Lakes

Costello Oral Surgery Associates provides impacted canine (cuspid) surgery to patients in Maywood, Wayne, and Franklin Lakes. Contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment at one of our 3 New Jersey offices.

What is an Impacted Canine Tooth?

The canine teeth are also called the cuspids. They are the four pointy teeth near the front of your mouth. There are two canines on the upper arch of teeth and two canine teeth on the lower arch. The canine teeth play a vital role in your ability to bite into, or tear food. They also guide your teeth into a proper biting alignment. The cuspids also contribute to the aesthetic shape of your smile. The permanent canine teeth typically erupt between the ages of 11-13. 

In cases where these teeth cannot properly erupt through the gum, they are known as impacted canine teeth or impacted cuspid teeth. Impacted canine teeth are the second most commonly impacted teeth, after wisdom teeth (third molars).

There are several reasons that a canine tooth may not erupt properly.

  • Lack of space for the tooth to breakthrough
  • Alignment problems with nearby teeth 
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Delayed loss of baby teeth
  • Genetics/family history of impacted canine teeth

Treatment for Impacted Canine Teeth

Treatment for impacted canine teeth requires collaboration between your orthodontist and oral surgeon. If your child has an impacted cuspid tooth, your orthodontist may be able to bring the tooth into proper alignment using braces. In other cases, an oral surgeon may need to extract the primary (baby) teeth to allow space for the permanent canine teeth to erupt. Or, your oral surgeon may need to expose the impacted canine tooth through a surgical incision in the gum. A bracket with a tiny chain may be placed on the newly exposed canine. The chain will connect to the wire threading through your child’s braces, to guide the canine into the proper position.

Why Choose Costello Oral Surgery Associates?

With three oral surgery offices in New Jersey, Costello Oral Surgery Associates has been named a Jersey Choice Top Dentist numerous times.  Dr. Michael Costello and Dr. Robert Stutts each have decades of experience in all types of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeries. Each office is equipped with the latest dental and surgical technologies to ensure successful outcomes. 

Costello Oral Surgery Associates accepts a wide variety of insurance plans. We also accept third-party financing through CareCredit, which can help make oral surgery more affordable.

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for impacted canine teeth, contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Impacted Canine Surgery

Does surgery to expose impacted canine teeth hurt?

No. You will not feel any pain during your surgery. Local anesthesia, often along with sedation, is used to keep you comfortable and pain-free during your surgery.

Do I have to have surgery at a hospital to expose impacted canine teeth?

No. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at one of our three state-of-the-art oral and maxillofacial surgical practices.

How long is recovery from surgery for an impacted canine tooth?

Complete recovery may take up to two weeks. However, swelling or bruising will subside within a few days of surgery.

What happens if I don’t treat impacted canines?

The canine teeth shape the arch of your mouth. Failing to treat impacted teeth can alter your facial appearance, cause unusual wear and tear on other teeth, cause misalignment of other teeth, and restrict your biting ability.