Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2005;32(3):543-549.
Published online August 31, 2005.
ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT OF THE DISPLACED UNERUPTED MAXILLARY CANINE : CASE REPORT
Hye-Jeong Lim, Nam-Ki Choi, Seon-Mi Kim, Kyu-Ho Yang
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Chonnam National University and Dental Research Institute 
변위된 미맹출 상악 견치의 교정 치험례
임혜정, 최남기, 김선미, 양규호
전남대학교 치과대학 소아치과학교실 및 치의학 연구소
Correspondence:  Kyu-Ho Yang,  Tel: 062-220-5476 , Email: hellopedo@hanmail.net
Abstract
The maxillary canine is especially important as it has the longest root, provides guidance for lateral movement of the mandible and masticatory function and is a key in esthetics due to its position. Maxillary canine has the longest time to develop and a complex route from the place of formation to the site of eruption, and so it is prone to impaction more than other teeth. The clinician should consider the various treatment options : (a) No treatment and observation, (b) surgical exposure and orthodontic traction (c) autotransplantation (d) extraction. Surgical exposure of the canine and orthodontic treatment to bring the tooth into the line of occlusion is considered the most desirable approach. This case presents the results of treatment for impacted maxillary canine by surgical exposure and orthodontic tooth movement.
Key Words: Maxillary canine, Impaction, Root resorption


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