What Is a Tooth Impaction?
A tooth impaction is when a tooth fails to erupt into the dental arch, thus becoming stuck and often causing pain in areas surrounding the affected tooth; this includes teeth that fail to fully grow because they still fail to emerge within the predicted developmental window.
What Are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of an impacted tooth are:
In the jaw area:
In the mouth area:
- bad breath
- bleeding gums
- dental cavities
- gum disease
- inflammation around the tooth
- misaligned teeth
In the head:
What Are the Screenings Offered?
You can get X-rays to check for any radiation caused by the tooth, and a dentist can bring you in for a general checkup and cleaning in order to find out what surrounding areas are affected by the impacted tooth.
What Treatment Options Are There?
The only treatment options available for tooth impactions are to get the tooth surgically removed, also known as a tooth extraction. This process can take several days to weeks to heal from due to there being a tooth newly removed, but the process is nearly painless due to the numbing agents applied prior to the procedure.
Side Effects of an Untreated Impaction
However, if you choose not to treat an impacted tooth, then you could go on to develop gingivitis, dental cavities, and bleeding gums. If these problems persist, they could eventually be accompanied by pain, headaches, and toothaches in the affected area. For this reason, it is best to act fast when you notice that one of your teeth may be impacted.