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You say a bone growth. Can you feel a "bump" of bone on either the inside gum below your canine or on the outside gum below your canine?
Or, is this something that is only visible on an X-ray? If so, is the spot that you see on the X-ray a dark spot or a white spot, that is, a lighter spot than the surrounding bone?Thank you again for trusting us with your problem. Please reply as soon as possible so that we can finish answering your question.
Thanks for that additional information.
A white spot on an X-ray indicates that the density of the bone is increasing. This is not a cancer or growth or tumor. Cysts, tumors and lesions that physically move teeth are dark colored on and X-ray. This is because the bone has been replaced with the tissue of the tumor or cyst.
The most common white spots are called idiopathic osteoscleroses, which are benign and have no known source. Other white spots in bone can be a result of a tooth infection and are called condensing osteitis and are usually located at the tips of a tooth root.
SInce yours seems to be near the root tip of your canine, this is what you most likely have. Here is a link with picture to give you more information about this condition.
I hope this answers your question. If you would like to discuss this further or have any additional questions, please reply to my answer and I will get right back to you.
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These white spots are very slow in "growing", that is, becoming more solid. However. they do not move teeth. If you tooth is moving is is for some other reason. These white spots on the X-ray are not treated. It is not an infection or abnormal cell growth. It is merely a calcification of the bone in a specific region. If the tooth associated with a condensing osteitis is removed, the white regions on the X-rays remain indefinitely. I hope this helps.
Did your orthodontist say that this tooth was being moved or has moved? You said it was horizontal. Is it impacted? Is it erupted at all?
I understand what you are saying now, your tooth is not impacted, it is just tilting inward. Does your orthodontist have an explaination for this? It could be that your teeth are naturally shifting forward, squezzing this tooth out of its normal position. This is a much more common reason for the situation as , again, white spots on an X-ray do not move teeth. It's the dark ones that do. Here is an example:
Are you going to start orthodontic treatment?