What Causes Impaction in Your Teeth?

Posted on 3/30/2019 by Westlake Oral Surgery
What Causes Impaction in Your Teeth?The thought of having an impacted tooth is not pleasant. It brings up thought of pain, discomfort and many other bad things. Even the removal of an impacted tooth does not make a person happy.

They see it as something that will leave them in pain afterwards. Instead of dwelling on all the negative aspects of an impacted tooth, it is more worthwhile to look at the cause of an impacted tooth.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

While it is possible to have any tooth become impacted, the most common type of impacted teeth are the wisdom teeth. Teeth grow at three different stages of your life. Your baby teeth grow in first, then you have your adult teeth grow in. The final teeth to grow are the wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth occurs when the tooth is not able to emerge through the skin. That means that any tooth that does not break through the skin is an impacted tooth.

The wisdom teeth have a few unique challenges. They are the last teeth to come in and many people do not have the room in their mouth for the wisdom teeth. That means they cannot break through the skin and become impacted. Even when there is room, the teeth may not emerge for other reasons.

Different Types of Impacted Teeth

Teeth can partially emerge or not emerge at all. This leads to different types of impacted teeth. Partially impacted teeth can happen when they try to emerge, but without enough space they either cannot fully emerge, or they end up coming in at a bad angle to not completely coming in. Fully impacted teeth are not able to emerge at all.

All impacted teeth have one thing in common. They are usually painful, and you must address them in some way. Ignoring the impacted teeth can cause damage to the surrounding teeth and can lead to more oral health problems.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment to talk about this or any other oral health issue.

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