Is My Tooth Impacted?

If you are experiencing oral health issues, it can be difficult to tell what the nature of the problem is. While you ultimately want to visit your dentist to determine the cause of the issue, there are certain symptoms you can look out for to better determine the problem you are dealing with.

Below are some of the symptoms of an impacted tooth to better determine if you may be suffering from this condition, along with more information about impacted teeth and their treatment…

What is an Impacted Tooth?

An impacted tooth usually refers to a situation where a tooth doesn't grow naturally in its correct position. This can happen due to various factors like retained baby teeth or limited space in the mouth. As a result, the affected tooth might get stuck—partially coming through the gumline or remaining completely concealed beneath the gums.

Is an Impacted Tooth Serious?

The seriousness of impacted teeth varies from person to person, with underlying causes and the individual's distinct tooth growth patterns being major factors. Certain patients might experience impacted baby teeth, while their adult teeth develop smoothly, and vice versa.

Although impacted teeth might not consistently result in pain or discomfort, it's essential to closely observe them. In specific situations, seeking proper treatment is crucial. Potential treatments include adjusting the position of the impacted tooth or, if required, complete extraction.

Is My Tooth Impacted?

Below are some of the signs of an impacted tooth that you should look out for:

* Gum tenderness or pain
* Swollen, red, or painful gums
* Jaw aches
* Bad breath
* Bad taste in your mouth
* Difficulty or pain when chewing, biting, or swallowing
* Pain when opening mouth
* Gaps in teeth
* Headaches
* Premature or delayed loss of baby teeth

Causes of an Impacted Tooth

The reasons for an impacted tooth can be varied and are frequently related to issues of space and alignment. Some of these causes include:

* Twisted or angled growth
* Overcrowding
* An oversized tooth
* Accidental injury
* Limited jaw size
* Genetic predisposition

Given that individuals experience two sets of teeth during their lifetime (baby teeth and adult teeth), the possibility of facing an impacted tooth is present during either phase of dental development.

Impacted Tooth Treatment

When you're dealing with an impacted tooth, the go-to solution is often pulling it out. If the impacted tooth has gotten infected, you might need some antibiotics to clear up the infection before an oral surgeon can remove it safely.

Not every impacted tooth needs to be removed, though. Sometimes impacted teeth don’t cause any problems, and they can be left in place. Ultimately, the decision is one that will be made between your dentist and you.

Reach Out Today

If you believe you have an impacted tooth or are experiencing any discomfort, bad breath, or other oral health concerns, reach out today so we can schedule you an appointment to treat the issue.

Tooth Impaction Symptoms and Treatments