Impacted teeth are unerupted or partially erupted teeth that cannot fully erupt due to:
The teeth most likely to become impacted are the third molars, also known as "wisdom teeth." The first molars are also known as the 6-year molars since they generally erupt at around age 6, and the second molars are also known as the 12-year molars since they generally erupt at around age 12. If the third molars erupted normally, they might be called 18-year molars. But there is rarely enough space to fit these last teeth into the small space left behind the second molars, so the third molars often become impacted.
important thing to know about impacted teeth is that they almost always
require extraction. The longer the extraction is postponed, the longer the
tooth roots grow. When the tooth roots of an impacted tooth are allowed to
develop, the risk of complication due to extraction increases significantly
because the tooth roots may "wrap around" sensitive facial nerves.
If you have an impacted tooth and you are not FULLY aware of the risks and
alternatives associated with keeping or extracting an impacted tooth, please
Contact Us for an appointment.
The risks of keeping an impacted tooth extend beyond the impacted tooth itself. Any impacted tooth will exert forces on the arch of your smile that may cause unnecessary crowding of your teeth. An impacted tooth below the gum surface may erode the roots of adjacent teeth. An impacted tooth above the gum line may create a "food trap" that is difficult to brush or floss and is likely to lead to decay.
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