Chapter 16. Ectopic Canines

  1. Fiona Grist R.D.N., B.A. (Hons) OU

Published Online: 28 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325522.ch16

Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing

Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing

How to Cite

Grist, F. (2010) Ectopic Canines, in Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325522.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333183

Online ISBN: 9781444325522



  • ectopic canines;
  • eruption, usually straightforward - occasionally a tooth fails to erupt;
  • permanent molars - erupting distal to deciduous dentition;
  • upper canine, development high in maxilla - longer distance to travel than any other tooth in dentition;
  • radiograph of ectopic canines;
  • small surgical procedure - exposing buried tooth;
  • Begg brackets, popular choice for bonding to exposed canine;
  • colour of the O-rings - selected by patient and prepared by nurse;
  • patient's treatment - involving a removable appliance;
  • chairside procedure - nurse needing to assist clinician


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Problem

  • Clinical Intervention – what the Treatment Involves