Information about Impacted Teeth

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What is an impacted tooth?

In dental terms, an "impacted tooth," is one that has not come in yet. impacted teeth are typically painful and tend to cause damage to the roots and connective tissues surrounding. There are several reasons as to how an impacted tooth can occur. Some common causes are curvature in the tooth's natural path, or blockage from baby teeth that have not fallen out yet. Genetics can also play a huge role in the make-up of your teeth. It is also common for people to have natural impacted teeth that consists of little to no pain. For people who experience pain from an impacted tooth, they should see a dentist as soon as possible. For those who experience little to no pain, it is still important to get checked to prevent future damage and infection. In many cases baby teeth will have to be pulled, or other procedures will have to take place in order to prevent root and tissue damage to other teeth.

Wisdom teeth are the most common kinds of teeth that become impacted. This is due to a delay in appearance. Wisdom teeth typically do not appear until people are around the ages of 16 to 25. Because they take so long to come in, the jaw is often fully grown by then. This means that there is not enough space for wisdom teeth to come in properly. Wisdom teeth will always try and find a way out. More often than not, they will change their direction of growth and tunnel their way through existing paths of other teeth. For this reason, around 80% of people have at least one or more wisdom teeth removed.

What are some Common Symptoms of an Impacted Tooth?

  • Pain in teeth
  • Pressure in the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Pain when biting
  • Appearance of hard growths in gums above teeth
  • Bleeding from the gums

Common Ways to Treat Impacted Teeth:

  • Constant monitoring of the impacted tooth
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Surgery
  • Use braces or some form of tooth shifter to open space for the impacted tooth to come out



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