The term Impacted Tooth is used for defining a tooth that tends to get stuck in the gums during the period of eruption. Since there is not enough room in the gums or the mouth for them, they tend to remain in the gums. The most common symptoms here include the gums and the related area becoming swollen because of the flap of the gum rising.
HOW IS IMPACTED TOOTH DIAGNOSED?
The dentist will look for swollen tissue over the area where a tooth has not emerged, or has only partially emerged. The impacted tooth may be pressing on nearby teeth. The gums around the area may show signs of infection such as redness, drainage, and tenderness. Dental x-rays confirm the presence of one or more teeth that have not emerged.
HOW IS IMPACTED TOOTH TREATED?
The treatment for the Impacted Tooth is done by dentistry procedures and includes the surgical removal of the teeth that is under the gum. Also, it is also advised to check for gum infections and treat it via ointments and gels.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though the Impacted Tooth is always used synonymously with wisdom teeth, they are actually very much different.