I've been told that my wisdom teeth are impacted. What does this mean?

When dentists say that teeth are impacted, we mean that they are either partially or completely covered by gum tissue. The most commonly impacted teeth are usually the third molars (wisdom teeth), but other teeth may be affected as well.

Impacted teeth are caused by teeth growing in at an odd angle due to not having enough room, or just because of the nature of your biology. Teeth growing at an angle may push on your adjacent teeth. Teeth can also be impacted if they begin to grow, but remain stuck in the jawbone and cannot fully erupt.

Impacted teeth can lead to a number of problems:

  • Pain
  • Pressure on other teeth
  • Trapped food, leading to decay and gum disease
  • Abscesses and other infections
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Jaw or facial pain
  • Infection
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Malocclusion (bad bite)

If you are experiencing difficulty with an impacted tooth, extraction could provide you with relief. We can do a full evaluation including digital imaging of your teeth to see what the best course of action will be to relieve your symptoms.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith or Dr. Domingue.