The Impacted Maxillary Canine. (I) Surgical Considerations and Management

Shapira, Yehoshua; Kuftinec, Mladen M.
September 1984
Quintessence International;Sep1984, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p895
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the preorthodontic surgical procedures and precautions in the treatment of the impacted maxillary canine. It states that prior to the surgery, the diagnostic location of the impacted tooth, either palatal or labial, is essential, and in most cases some orthodontic preparation, such as space opening for the canine, is required. It describes the technique used by oral surgeons to uncover the impacted canine by exposing the crown through the excision of the overlying bone and soft tissue and then dressing the open area with a surgical pack to prevent the closing of the area by healing. It mentions that if treatment plan calls for the extraction of premolars, care should be taken to make sure that the impacted canine is not ankylosed.


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