Impacted Tooth

Impacted Tooth

Any tooth (but especially a wisdom tooth) that cannot break through the gum into normal position because it is growing against or blocked by bone, soft tissue, or another tooth.

Teeth start to pass through the gums (emerge) during infancy, and again when the primary (baby) teeth are replaced by the permanent teeth.

If a tooth fails to emerge, or emerges only partially, it is considered to be impacted. The most common teeth to become impacted are the wisdom teeth (the third set of molars). They are the last teeth to emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 21.

Impacted Tooth
An impacted tooth remains stuck in gum tissue or bone for various reasons. It may be that the area is just overcrowded and there's no room for the teeth to emerge. For example, the jaw may be too small to fit the wisdom teeth. Teeth may also become twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge, resulting in impacted teeth.
  • Bad breathBad breath.
  • Crowded teeth.
  • Crookedly growing tooth.
  • Difficulty opening the mouth (occasionally).
  • Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth.
  • Visible gap where a tooth did not emerge.
  • Prolonged headache or jaw ache.
Impacted Tooth
Medications & Treatments
No treatment may be needed if the impacted tooth is not causing any problems.but if in some cases it should be treated with the following procedures
  • Dental surgery
  • Tooth extraction
  • Antibiotics
  • Treatments to reposition tooth
  • Dental braces
  • Dental splints
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