Impacted Teeth

 

A tooth that fails to emerge or fully break through the gum tissue is an impacted tooth. This is a common problem associated with third molars, or wisdom teeth, as they are the last teeth to develop and erupt into the mouth. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems.

Other teeth, however, such as cuspids (eye teeth) and bicuspids can also become impacted. 

Impacted Teeth

Impacted bicuspid in the roof of mouth.

 

The usual symptoms associated with impacted teeth are pain, swelling, and signs of infection in the surrounding tissues.

An impacted tooth has the potential to cause permanent damage to adjacent teeth, gum tissue, and bone structure. 

 

Impacted Teeth

Impacted eye tooth in the roof of mouth and molar tooth in the lower jaw.

 Impacted teeth are also associated with the development of cysts and tumours that can destroy large portions of the jaw. 

Impacted Teeth

When they are partially erupted, maintaining good hygiene and keeping the gum tissue healthy becomes difficult and that becomes a recurring problem which only can be resolved by removing the impacted teeth. 


Impacted Teeth

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive training in the diagnosis and management of impacted teeth, in tooth extraction and dentoalveolar surgery. 

 

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