Thursday, April 12, 2012

Impacted Maxillary left canine

Have I spoken about discomfort lately? Well, now I will.

Since last November, my impacted maxillary canine began naturally erupting  in the space created by the coil spring. During an appointment in December my orthodontist said things were looking good. At my next appointment in early February, she seemed a little concerned and mentioned how she thought she would have to refer me to have the canine surgically exposed. Nonetheless, at the same time she said it looked to be coming through the gum. I had a pan taken. I am easily confused and left with mixed feelings after most visits with my orthodontist. My last visit in March was okay. I had another pan taken. She does not discuss any pans with me. Okay, now I am rambling. My point: I am in pain, and it doesn't feel right.

Has anyone seen that Episode of the Simpsons where Lisa requires braces, and the orthodontist demonstrates how she will fare if her teeth are not correct? Needless to say, it was terrifying. There were teeth every where and in every direction. Well, I feel like that most days. My teeth are starting to make me sad.

Here are some scholarly links on impacted maxillary canines:

left lateral incisor, impacted maxillary canine

A couple weeks ago I noticed how much my very crooked  left lateral incisor has been moving. It looks as if it is right over the impacted canine that is trying to erupt. It's the pain of the in the area of the overlapping incisor and impacted canine that hurts a lot. I vaguely remember my orthodontist mentioning there are concerns in situations like this -with overlap - with regards to the nerve of the incisor. My ortho has not indicated whether or no my canine is palatally impacted or labially impacted. However, I think I overheard her saying it has good angulation.

 I am just nervous about my oral situation, and my orthodontist and staff do not make me feel very positive. Do you think I should ask my ortho to give me more information as to how she plans to work in the maxillary and whether or not surgical exposure will be required? I have been in braces for 14 months and this is a different type of pain that I am feeling.

Bite (April 2012)