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Article: Volume 45 Number 8 Page 773 - September 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 773-776

Oral surgery:  The Surgical Removal of an Impacted Canine: Diagnosis, Investigations and Technique

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Abstract: Impacted canines occur in 1.7% of the population. These cases may be seen in general practice for further referral to an orthodontist or oral surgeon. Diagnosis often involves clinical examination, palpation and radiographic imaging to ascertain the location and association with anatomical structures. By using a clinical case, this paper aims to demonstrate one conservative way of managing the removal of impacted maxillary canines.

Clinical relevance: Canine impactions can cause resorption to adjacent teeth. They may require orthodontic traction to be brought into alignment but in some cases surgical removal is necessary.

Author notes: Zarish Rahman, BDS(Hons), MFDS, PGCert(Dent Ed), Orthodontic Specialty Registrar, Birmingham Dental Hospital, Hamnah Azam, BDS, Dental Core Trainee Year 1, Arrowe Park Hospital and Bilal Ahmed, Specialist in Oral Surgery, Lead for DCT Oral Surgery Teaching, Birmingham Dental Hospital, 5 Mill Pool Way, Birmingham B5 7EG, UK.

Objective: To demonstrate the diagnostic, investigative and surgical technique that is required in the removal of impacted maxillary canines.

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