Impacted Tooth is a tooth that fails to erupt into the dental arch within the expected developmental window. Impacted tooth are retained throughout the lifetime of the individual, unless it is extracted surgically. The causes of Impacted Tooth are dense overlying bone, adjacent teeth or a genetic abnormality. Symptoms are:
• Bad breath
• Difficulty in opening mouth
• Pain or tenderness in gums
• Prolonged headache or jaw ache
• Redness and swelling of gums
• Swollen lymph nodes
• Unpleasant taste when biting
HOW IS IMPACTED TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
A dentist would thoroughly examine the teeth and affected. They would take an x-ray to thoroughly view the affected area.
HOW IS IMPACTED TOOTH TREATED?
Individuals can take pain relievers for mild pain but if there is an infection or severe pain then it might need to be extracted.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though the Impacted Tooth is always used synonymously with wisdom teeth, they are actually very much different.