Clinically, with an incidence of 2%, maxillary canine impaction is one of the most frequently encountered problems. There are many possible sequelae to canine impactions, such as loss of arch length, dentigerous cyst formation, and external root resorption of the adjacent teeth. Impacted canines can be detected and corrected by appropriate clinical diagnosis, radiographic evaluation, and interceptive orthodontic treatment. This requires intimate cooperation between surgeons and orthodontists. Surgical techniques employed to manage them depend on positions of the impacted teeth. Orthodontists however, should hold the primary responsibility to coordinate all treatment efforts to give patients the most favorable outcome. Three different patients with various types of ectopic and impacted canines will be discussed in this lecture. The strategies of traction vary from the position and angulation of the impacted canines. Attendees will be able to recognize and manage maxillary canine impaction efficiently through comprehensive orthodontic treatment.
Evaluate the feasibility of orthodontic treatment.
Define the complications of impacted canines and manage the sequelae.