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Question:
Possible impacted canines? My son is now nearly 11 years old and has had 6 teeth pulled in the last 4 years to correct a cross bite and has had braces on upper teeth for 7 months now.

His teeth are straightening out beautifully and the somewhat narrow gap left from the extraction of his deciduous canines 1 1/2 years ago has been opened up to allow his adult canines to decend.

However, it has been a year and a half with no canines and I'm wondering if they will ever drop into place. There's no evidence of palatal eruption or disfigurement.

Will these teeth ever decend, could they get reabsorbed if they stay in too long? Is there a procedure to set them into proper place? ...Visitor from ME

Answer:
Have your orthodontist take a progress Panorex to note their present locations. They will eventually erupt, I can assure you of this.

The teeth will not resorb if they stay in that location for a long period of time, however the permanent canines can cause root resorption of the adjacent teeth.

The only way to note this is with a progress Panorex.

If the canines are impacted for a long period of time, just to expedite treatment, I would have the teeth exposed and a bracket with a gold chain bonded to the tooth to help physically pull the tooth into it's proper position.

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