Keys to Open Locked Maxillary Canines: A Review
The ectopic eruption and impaction of maxillary permanent canines is a commonly encountered clinical problem. When early signs of ectopic eruption of the canines are detected, an attempt should be made to prevent their impaction and its potential sequelae. The proper localization of the impacted tooth plays a vital role in determining the feasibility, proper access for the surgical approach and the proper direction for the orthodontic traction forces.
Management of impacted canines may be one of the most challenging problems for orthodontists because of increased numbers and duration of office visits by the patient as well as prolonged duration of treatment time.