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Chipped Canine Tooth
I chipped my left lower canine tooth that has a little bite of sensitivity and I was wondering when I go to the dentist what they will say and do?
Sensitivity: First your Dentist will determine cause of sensitivity. Could be from chip, gum recession, occlusal trauma, etc. Then your Dentist will determine the appropriate treatment. If it's from a small chip. A simple filling may resolve the sensitivity. Go now. Easier to fix small problem than bigger one. ...Read more
Chipped a very small piece off the tip of my canine tooth. The dentist said to fix it would be to grind it down even more and cap it. Is this right?
Is a slightly chipped tooth something to worry about? I had a canine tooth very slightly chipped while playing basketball. There has been no pain or numbness since then, but I would like to know if I should go to the dentist anyway? .
Since: Since your tooth sustained trauma, it behooves you to go to the dentist to have it looked at and establish a base line. Changes can and will happen over time. If there are problems, you will not see them for a few days or even weeks. Taking an x ray and photos right after an injury is key. ...Read more
Phone call: The canine teeth are some of the longest in your mouth. A dentist has the experience and instruments to do it correctly. If you try it and fail (which you most likely will), you will be in worse shape than you started and you will still need to see a dentist. Make the call for an appointment. ...Read more
Depends: The decision on what to do with or for an impacted or unerupted canine depends on the position and development of the tooth, age of the patient, and what you want to achieve esthetically. An orthodontic evaluation would be recommended to discuss treatment options available. ...Read more
Cuspid: The canine tooth is normally called the cuspid tooth. Starting with the front two teeth, it is the third one back. The name, canine, comes from the prominent fang tooth in a dog's mouth. ...Read more
Orthodontist: Consult with an orthodontist and a restorative dentist. At your age, if those canines are impacted, it may be difficult to move them into position orthodontically. It doesn't hurt to find out what would work best for your situation. ...Read more
See an Orthodontist: Start by seeing an orthodontist for a consult. At least ask your own general dentist. ...Read more
Leave it alone: It is best to let a child lose his or her teeth naturally. Yanking a tooth out too early can cause problems such as bleeding, pain, and infection. Let the child wiggle the tooth around as he/she sees fit and it will fall out eventually. If the tooth is extremely loose, you may use a clean, damp piece of gauze and tug firmly. If it doesn't come out, leave it. ...Read more
See dentist: Sometimes trauma can be worse than it appears. How old is he. If he's a child and it's his baby tooth he'll lose the tooth around 11 years of age. If he's a you c adult is recommend seeing a dentist so it can be determined if there has been damage to the tooth (ie cracks, nerve damage etc) which can then be properly addressed. ...Read more
What to do if I have a small canine tooth and I'm not sure if it is an adult tooth, I really don't like my smile and I'm not sure what to do?
Periapical x-ray and examination by your dentist will determine if it is a permanent tooth and what kind of the treatment is needed. The good news is there is always a solution in your situation.
Take care. ...Read more
Not much: An impacted canine is a tooth that does not erupt into the mouth. It is up in the bone. In most situations, you won't know you have one unless you have an x-ray taken. In most situations, the baby canine does not fall out. The only way to get the impacted tooth in is to see an orthodontist for orthodontic treatment and an oral surgeon for exposure of the tooth. ...Read more
Impacted canine: If it is impacted, probably never (at least without the help of an oral surgeon and orthodontist. There are techniques to bring an impacted canine tooth into place. If you are truly 32 years old as your info suggests, I will change that "probably never" to "nope! " in any case you can discuss treatment options if you are concerned about the aesthetics (or health of your adjacent teeth). ...Read more
A flap will be made in the palate to remove tissue for my canine tooth. Vertical cuts will be 5mm and one horizontal 1 cm. Cut. Is this a large area?
Flap: If this is a free gingival flap for periodontal reasons the size is normal. ...Read more
Is it sharp?: A sharp canine sometimes induces the tongue to go to the area to "pad" the sharp edge. Ask your dentist to reshape or smooth out the canine if this is the case. Do we have tongue biting during function (eating or chewing or swallowing)? Is your canine erupted in the wrong position (ectopic eruption)? Minor tooth movement with aligner sometimes can help to change the position. ...Read more