What Is An Impacted Tooth?
If you’ve heard your dentist or someone you know mention the term “impacted tooth” and were in the dark about the meaning of the term, our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. is happy to explain. We have had numerous patients ask us this question, and have had first-hand experience treating patients for this complaint.
The definition of an impacted tooth is one that has not come in, or a tooth that is being blocked from coming in. The reason this occurs in some people and not others is not entirely understood. It could possibly be a genetic trait handed down through the generations. Among teenagers and adults, wisdom teeth are the most common ones to become impacted. But children may also have an impaction if a baby tooth hangs around too long, or if there’s something preventing the adult tooth from coming in, known as erupting. This may cause the permanent tooth from erupting in the wrong place, or not erupting at all.
So, what does our orthodontist do about impacted teeth? The solution could be as simple as extracting a baby tooth to make room for its permanent replacement. Sometimes, however, further treatment may be necessary to ensure the tooth is properly situated. We recommend that children have their first orthodontic checkup by age 7 at the latest to spot and treat these types of conditions early on.
Sometimes an impacted wisdom tooth may be causing you no symptoms at all. In other instances, that troublesome third molar way in the back of your mouth may become infected or cause damage to your other teeth, leading to the need for an extraction.
No one has more experience diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the look, comfort, and performance of your teeth, and the development of your jaws, than our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc.. If you’d like details about how we can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll be proud of for years to come, please contact our office today!