Posted on 2/15/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
There is nothing fun about an impacted tooth. It can cause unbearable pain and can lead to many problems if left untreated. Most people may have heard of the term impacted tooth, but that does not mean they understand what it really means.
They do not know that there are several different types of impacted teeth. Many people do not realize that treating an impacted tooth can vary depending on many things. That is why it is important to clarify what the term impacted tooth means.
How Teeth Grow
During our lifetime, we will get two sets of teeth. The baby teeth begin to grow in the first 12 months and begin to fall out around 6 years old. Adult teeth replace those teeth and are fully grown by the age of 12. At that time, you have a full set of adult teeth, but are still missing your wisdom teeth. Those begin to grow in when you are in your late teens or early adulthood.
When teeth grow in, they have to break through the skin. That process is called an eruption. It is during the process of eruption that the problem with an impacted tooth can begin.
How Impaction Happens
There are several types of impacted teeth that can happen. If the tooth is not able to break through the skin at all, you have an impacted tooth. That can cause pain in the tooth, the gums and the area that surround the tooth and can radiate down to the jaw.
It is also possible for a tooth to erupt partially. A partial impaction can cause as many problems as an impacted tooth. A person can experience a moderate level of pain whether it is a partial impaction or fully impacted.
People think about an impacted tooth when their wisdom teeth are trying to emerge. While it is a problem with wisdom teeth, an impacted tooth can happen during any of the stages when teeth are emerging.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment to talk about this or any other oral health issue you have questions about.