Journal Article

Management of palatally impacted canines: the findings of a collaborative study

Michael H. Pearson, Stephen N. Robinson, Ray Reed, David J. Birnie and Graeme A. Zaki

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 19, issue 5, pages 511-515
Published in print October 1997 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online October 1997 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Management of palatally impacted canines: the findings of a collaborative study

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The impacted palatal canine requires a combination of both surgical and orthodontic management. Two types of approach are commonly used: simple exposure, or exposure with bracketing at the time of surgery. In this study 104 consecutively treated patients with palatally impacted canines were examined at two centres, one at which the ectopic tooth was surgically exposed alone and the other where an orthodontic bracket was bonded to facilitate early traction, and the flap replaced. The aim was to compare the outcome and complication rate for each type of procedure.

In 30.7 per cent of all cases exposed and bracketed a second surgical intervention was required, compared with 15.3 per cent in the simple exposure group. Bracketing, though effective, is a more costly and time-consuming procedure, and it is suggested that simple exposure provides an equally efficient and predictable method of managing the palatally impacted canine with obvious clinical and financial benefits. The long-term periodontal status of the teeth which have been exposed in these two ways, however, needs further investigation.

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