Impacted Teeth

For most people, adult teeth develop and "come in" normally--straight up and through the gums. However, when teeth fail to break through the gums completely, they are considered impacted. Impacted teeth can cause problems for the surrounding teeth and become infected themselves. Wisdom teeth are most commonly impacted, as the last teeth to emerge, but any tooth in the mouth can technically become impacted (even baby teeth). If you have one or more impacted teeth, have no fear! Simple procedures made possible through modern technology can remove these problem-causing teeth permanently and save your other teeth from becoming affected.

Why Teeth Become Impacted:

When the gaps between your teeth leave no room for a new tooth to emerge, when a jaw is too small to give space for wisdom teeth, or when teeth become twisted or displaced while trying to emerge, a tooth can become impacted.

What to watch for:

If you or a family member has an impacted tooth, you may not even feel it. If you experience any symptoms related to impacted teeth, here is what to look for:

  • Difficulty opening the mouth (occasionally)
  • Bad Breath
  • Pain or tenderness of the gums or jaw bone
  • Prolonged headache or jaw ache
  • Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes of the neck (occasionally)
  • Unpleasant taste when biting down on or near the area
  • Visible gap where a tooth did not emerge

What to expect if you have an impacted tooth:

If you have an impacted tooth, you may not even notice or know it is there. Many people seek no treatment for their impacted teeth.

If your tooth is causing you pain, negatively affecting surrounding teeth, or leaving a significant gap in your smile, your dentist will prescribe an appropriate treatment plan. Most often the tooth will be removed surgically by an oral surgeon in order to protect the surrounding teeth and eradicate the issue from your mouth.

At Platinum Dental Care, our oral surgeon Dr. Ferguson has the experience to know how best to handle your impacted tooth. Give your dentist a call if you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms to prevent any long-term damage to your smile.