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The Impact of an Impacted Tooth

The Impact of an Impacted Tooth

A tooth is considered impacted when it only partially grows through the gums. This can happen because another tooth blocks it, or it grows in crookedly. The third molar typically erupts from age 17 to 21 and is the last tooth to appear, which is why it's the most likely tooth to become impacted - there's usually no room left for it. 

Although an impacted tooth does not always lead to pain or discomfort, the impaction can cause other problems. A partially erupted tooth can create an opening in the gum where food and other particles can accumulate, leading to gum infection.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Should Always Be Removed, Says Dentist

According to the American Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, having wisdom teeth removed during the teenage years not only improves dental and oral health, but may also reduce the chance of illness later in life.

A recent survey was made to 174 dentists, see the survey reasons.

The problem with wisdom teeth: Leave them in or take them out?

As dental professionals, we always asks each other some tough questions, like: Do you recommend that young adults have their wisdom teeth extracted? Do you believe in “prophylactic extraction,” or do you prescribe to the theory that they’re OK for now, so let’s just leave them? If the latter, then the next question is, would you recommend this for your own children? Why or why not?

Dr. Tina Beck shares her opinions on this subject. Read on...

Emerging Evidence Base in third-molar management

For several generations now, dental treatment of third molars has been based on clinical impressions rather than on published scientific data, said Matthew Dennis, DDS, in an issue of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. But, as he noted, "questions about third-molar management are beginning to be answered."

Impacted third molars, because of the lateness of their emergence, should always be evaluated for removal or observation. most impactions involve arch length that is less than total tooth mass, resulting in inadequate space for eruption to occur.