Tooth Extractions

You may need to have a tooth extraction for a number of reasons, including decay, injury, or as part of orthodontic treatment.

Impacted Canine Teeth

The upper canine tooth, also called the maxillary cuspid, is the second most common tooth to become impacted. Because the canine teeth play a vital role in biting and in guiding your other teeth into the proper bite, every effort is made to get the tooth to grow into the mouth in the right position.

This may involve an orthodontist placing braces to open spaces. At this point an oral surgeon will expose the tooth and place an orthodontic bracket on it. This will allow the orthodontist to move it into the proper position. Treatment may also require a referral to an oral surgeon for extraction of baby teeth and/or selected adult teeth that are blocking the eruption of the canine teeth.


Small folds of tissue called frena are located in the mouth under the tongue, inside the lips, and connecting the cheeks to the gums. A frenectomy extends the range of motion in areas of the mouth by loosening these connections if they are too tight.

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