Teeth that have not broken through the barrier of the gums are known as impacted teeth as there is something that has caused them to be stuck. Impacted teeth often go unnoticed as patients often don’t notice any symptoms until they get an x-ray done at their bi-annual cleaning.
Although not common, some patients can have the following symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Red and/or bleeding gums
- Pain when chewing
Impacted teeth often occur when there is not enough room in the mouth for them to grow in, therefore wisdom teeth are often the most common cases of impacted teeth as they are the last to come in and are at the very back of the mouth. Patients with smaller jaws are also common sufferers of impacted teeth.
For treatment, it depends on the patient and also the tooth affected. Wisdom teeth, for example will more than likely be extracted as they serve no real purpose. Other teeth such as the canines or incisors which are valuable teeth will often be treated by surgery and orthodontics in order to get the tooth through the gum and pulled into place.
If you suspect that you have an impacted tooth or require more information about the condition, contact us for a consultation.