In this podcast for parents of children and teenagers, kids dentist Dr Diane Tay and orthodontist Dr Andrew Chang talk about Stuck “Fang” or Canine Teeth. How parents can identify them, Problems they cause and how seeing an Orthodontist from 7-9 years old helps.
0:53: How to identify if your child has a stuck “fang” tooth, and why it is important to be detected early.
2:20: Canines erupt normally between 10-12 years old and canines that are delayed erupt later.
2:45: Delays in loss of baby canine teeth falling out or signs of overlapping teeth can lead to stuck fang teeth.
3:55: Stuck fang teeth usually do not have any pain but are difficult to brush. Bleeding gums are also common.
5:30: Other signs of a stuck fang tooth are where an adult canine tooth has erupted and the baby canine tooth on the other side is still present for a very long time.
6:00: What are the problems with stuck adult canine teeth? Stuck canine teeth can eat into adjacent teeth and permanently damage them, as well as causing lengthy and complex orthodontic treatment.
8:35: So I’ve identified a stuck canine tooth in my son or daughter, what should I do? Seeing an orthodontist early is important.
10:00: Dr Chang shares stories of stuck canine teeth in 3 separate patients where:
1. Early orthodontic treatment with an upper plate in a 10 year old allowed the wonky canine to come down by itself.
2. a teenager where the wonky canine had already damaged neighbouring adult front teeth
3. By seeing and managing a wonky canine early in a 9 year old, the wonky canine which was pressing unto the front adult teeth, moved safely into its correct position in 7 months.
13:30: Assessment by an orthodontist from 7-9 years old is helpful and recommended.