Clinical situations are common where the “wisdom teeth” (third molars) do not break in the oral cavity. Many times, we only discover them, during the routine exam of the patient and with the help of radiographs.
These teeth are often poorly positioned and impacted in neighboring teeth (in the bones of the maxilla and/or mandible), which can cause cavities, formation of abscesses, pericoronitis, that may require their extractions.
Canines may also be included, as they are impacted on neighboring teeth, preventing their eruption and the correct positioning of the remaining anterior teeth. In these situations, the possibility of repositioning these canines with the help of orthodontic appliances should be considered as an alternative to tooth extraction, since it is a tooth of vital importance both in aesthetics and in masticatory function.