The palatal impaction of maxillary canine is a quite common yet challenging clinical condition that orthodontists have to face in the everyday practice. The purpose of this report is to describe and discuss a case involving the uncovering of an upper canine and it subsequent spontaneous eruption.
The diagnostic and therapeutic protocol of a case with a palatally impacted canine is presented. The upper right canine was uncovered with an open surgical approach. Removal of the attached gingiva and bone covering the crown enhanced the tooth spontaneous eruption, while the first levelling and aligning phase of the treatment was performed. This approach results in a shorter overall treatment time. This protocol produced an aesthetic, healthy and functional result, which was stable at the two-year post-treatment follow-up.
Vol.19 – n.4/2018
Harvard: D. Garcovich, R. Aiuto, E. Lozano Serrano, D. Re (2018) "Uncovering and autonomous eruption of palatally impacted canines", European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 19(4), pp300-302. doi: 10.23804/ejpd.2018.19.04.9
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