What Are Impacted Teeth?
Impacted teeth occur when a tooth fails to emerge fully through the gums, remaining partially or completely trapped beneath the gum line or within the jawbone. The most commonly impacted teeth are the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. However, other teeth, such as canines and premolars, can also become impacted.
Impacted Teeth Solutions
Extraction: If the impacted tooth causes pain, infections, or dental problems, extraction may be necessary. Wisdom teeth are often extracted due to their frequent impaction.
Orthodontic treatment: If lack of space or overcrowding is the underlying cause, orthodontic treatment, such as braces or aligners, can create space for the impacted tooth to emerge.
Surgical intervention: In complex cases, surgical techniques may be required to expose and properly position the impacted tooth. This procedure is typically performed by an oral surgeon.
Impacted Teeth FAQs
Q: Are impacted teeth always painful?
A: Not necessarily. Impacted teeth can be asymptomatic, causing no pain or discomfort. However, they can still pose risks, such as potential infections or damage to adjacent teeth, which is why regular dental check-ups are important.
Q: Can I wait to have my impacted wisdom teeth removed?
A: It is advisable to consult with a dental professional to evaluate the condition of your impacted wisdom teeth. If they are causing pain, infections, or other complications, it is usually recommended to have them extracted to prevent further issues.
Q: Is the extraction of impacted teeth a complicated procedure?
A: The complexity of the extraction procedure depends on various factors, such as the tooth’s position, its relationship with nearby structures, and the patient’s oral health. Our dental professionals are experienced in performing extractions and will ensure the procedure is as comfortable and efficient as possible.
Q: Can orthodontic treatment alone resolve impacted teeth?
A: Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or aligners, can help create space and guide the eruption of impacted teeth in some cases. However, complex impactions may require a combination of orthodontic treatment and surgical intervention for optimal results.