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Perfect Dental Smile, Ltd. | Canine Exposure for Orthodontics in West Ridge Chicago

Perfect Dental Smile


Dr. Basim Shakir, DDS, PhD

Doctorate of Oral Medicine

Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry DDS, PhD FAGD, FICOI.MICOI

Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Mastership of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Former professor at Northwestern University

Former Embassador at National Health Services Corp. 

General, Cosmetic, and Dental Implant Dentistry

2545 W. Peterson Ave.   773-561-2808
6017 W. Cermak Rd.      708-652-8466

Canine Exposure for Orthodontics

Monday:        10am-3pm
Tuesday:       10am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 10am-3pm
Thursday:     10am-3pm
Friday:          10am-3pm
Saturday:      10am-4:30pm
Sunday:          closed

 

Canine exposure has nothing to do with leaving your dog outside, exposed to the elements. It is a procedure to expose impacted teeth. An impacted tooth is one that has not erupted in the mouth, but instead becomes stuck in the surrounding bone or tissue.  Any tooth may become impacted, but generally, the wisdom teeth and canine teeth are the most likely candidates.  Canine teeth are critical for function. The mouth will also appear aesthetically odd without the canines. The procedure is quite simple. It involves the dentist cutting a small hole in the gum, which allows the tooth to erupt. The dentist also uses a dental brace to guide the tooth into its correct position.

Impacted teeth are sometimes obvious to the naked eye, but in some instances, an –x-ray is necessary to identify the extent of the impaction. Many times, there is an impacted canine tooth where the baby tooth remains in the mouth. A loose tooth is also a sign that an impacted tooth may be present.

 
 
 
West Ridge Chicago Dentist | Canine Exposure for Orthodontics. Basim Shakir is a West Ridge Chicago Dentist.