Understanding Canine Teeth to Make Decisions about Keeping or Removing will be shared by Bedental through the following article in 2023, let’s learn together!
Understanding Canine teeth – What are Canine Teeth?
Canine teeth are the third teeth counting from the back in our dental arches. In terms of shape, canine teeth are sharp and pointed. Functionally, they are used for biting and tearing food.
Aesthetically, canine teeth add emphasis to the dental arch, making the smile more charming. However, some misaligned canine teeth can cause the dental arch to become crooked, unattractive, and aesthetically compromised.
Typically, an adult’s dental arch will have up to 4 canine teeth, with 2 upper canines and 2 lower canines. However, the number of teeth can vary from person to person, and not everyone will have all 4 canines.
Canine teeth are also divided into two types: milk teeth and permanent teeth. For children who are in the process of losing their baby teeth, the milk canines will naturally fall out. However, if it is a permanent canine tooth, it will not be replaced.
The positioning of Canine Teeth
In adults, the permanent dentition consists of 32 teeth evenly distributed in the upper and lower jaws. In each quadrant of the mouth, there are two incisors, one canine, two premolars, and three molars.
According to the International Dental Federation (FDI), we have a diagram of the four quadrants of the permanent dentition as shown in the figure above.
Where are Canine Teeth located? Canine teeth in humans are positioned as the third tooth counting from the incisors of each jaw, facing each other. According to the dental arch map, the canines are numbered as the third position. Canine teeth have a unique structure and are among the few teeth that hold the most pivotal positions in the dental arch.
Shape of Canine Teeth
Being located at the junction between the anterior teeth and the posterior teeth, the shape of canine teeth also exhibits some overlap and transition. The shape of canine teeth is half like the incisors and half like the premolars. The body of the canine tooth is thick like an incisor but thinner than a premolar. The chewing surface of the canine tooth is different from the incisors, lacking deep grooves like the premolars, but it has the sharpness of the premolar and is also as long as the edge of the incisor.
Structure of Canine Teeth
The structure of canine teeth is based on the natural tooth structure and includes the following components:
- Enamel is the outer covering of the tooth, composed of 96% inorganic material, 3% water, and 1% organic material. Enamel is considered the hardest substance in the body.
- Dentin is located beneath the enamel and consists of 70% inorganic material, 20% organic material, and water. Dentin is relatively softer, has a yellowish color, and contains a majority of the tooth’s dentin.
- The dental pulp contains numerous nerve fibers, blood vessels, and connective tissue of the tooth. The pulp carries nutrients to nourish the tooth. A tooth typically has about 1-4 root canals.
- Because the enamel and dentin of canine teeth are similar, they are thinner than the teeth located further back in the mouth. Canine teeth have one root and one root canal.
- Canine teeth are the most stable teeth in the corner of the jaw. They are held securely in place by the mechanism of self-cleaning.
Function of Canine Teeth
- Canine teeth play an important role in aesthetics and assist in chewing food. Canine teeth have high resistance to strong forces during chewing and act as a heavy-duty reaction mechanism. They help mitigate potential dangers and reduce excessive impact from vertical forces in the eccentric movements of the lower jaw with the group of teeth.
- Canine teeth are located at the four corners in the four quadrants of the dentition, which can be considered as the support points of the dental arch, contributing to shaping and lifting the facial muscles.
- Canine teeth have an important role in adjusting the movements of the lower jaw sideways and forward, and they are also considered as “guideposts” for the bite joint.
Should Canine Teeth be Extracted?
The decision to keep or remove canine teeth will depend on each individual case. If you are fortunate enough to have canines that are considered beautiful and charming by many, you may choose to keep them as a unique feature of your smile, as not everyone has canine teeth. In the second case, you should keep your canine teeth if they take up a significant amount of space in your dental arch, as removing them may impact your self-confidence. Additionally, canine teeth aid in the biting and tearing of food, so you should consider this before deciding to extract them.
So in which cases should Canine teeth be extracted?
- Firstly, if the tooth has severe decay or irreversible pulpitis.
- Secondly, if the tooth is impacted, growing in the wrong position, or protruding out of the jaw, causing pain and affecting facial aesthetics.
- Thirdly, if you want to have a symmetrical dental arch, resembling a corn kernel, you can seek advice from a medical facility regarding the extraction of canine teeth.
Early signs of canine tooth eruption
Typically, children will start to erupt their canine teeth between 16 and 22 months old, with the upper canines erupting first. During this teething period, there may be a high fever ranging from 38 to 39 degrees Celsius for a few days. During this stage, parents need to take proper care of the child’s oral hygiene, apply measures to reduce fever, etc.
Misaligned canine teeth can make oral hygiene difficult. During this phase, the erupting teeth can cause gum irritation, pain, and in some cases, infection-related oral diseases. Therefore, parents need to pay special attention and early detect if the child has impacted or malpositioned canines.
Interpreting the Fate of people with canine teeth
Men with canine teeth are often perceived as intelligent and successful in their careers. Canine teeth are also a sign of capability and decisiveness in work and life matters. However, those who possess canine teeth should not be arrogant, as it may lead to resentment from others.
Women with pointed canine teeth are often seen as meticulous and competent in both domestic and social affairs. Thanks to their canine teeth, they have a charming smile that can create a favorable impression on others. However, individuals with canine teeth may tend to be arrogant and face difficulties in romantic relationships.
How to achieve natural-looking canine teeth
In recent years, canine teeth have become a trend among young people. Many individuals aspire to have canine teeth to create a focal point on their faces. Here are some simple ways to achieve the most natural-looking canine teeth.
Simple methods to create canine teeth at home.
Preparation: Fake nails or white drinking straws, dental wax, specialized tooth adhesive.
Procedure: Cut the fake nails or drinking straws into the shape of canine teeth, with desired length and width suitable for the third tooth (counting from the front). Use specialized tooth adhesive to attach the fake canine teeth to your real teeth. Hold the fake teeth in place for 20 seconds to allow the adhesive to dry.
With this method, you can achieve natural-looking canine teeth without spending too much money. However, the lifespan of the fake canine teeth may not be long. Therefore, you can use them for parties with friends, costume parties, etc.
Creating beautiful canine teeth at a dental clinic.
Below are some pictures of canines at Bedental:
If you want to have beautiful, safe, and durable canine teeth, you can visit a dental clinic for consultation and treatment. Some methods that dental clinics can apply for clients who want to have canine teeth include:
- Creating canine teeth using composite material
- Applying porcelain veneers for canine teeth
- Implanting canine teeth using Implant technology
To receive more specific advice on canine teeth and how to achieve beautiful and aesthetic results without pain or high costs, please contact BeDental!
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