Understanding Impacted Teeth: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options
Impacted teeth are a common dental condition when a tooth fails to erupt or grow properly through the gum tissue. This condition typically affects wisdom teeth that emerge during adulthood. When impacted, these teeth may remain buried inside the tissue or partially emerge, leading to various dental issues.
Causes of Impacted Teeth
Various factors, including genetic predisposition, overcrowding of teeth, and inadequate space for tooth eruption, can cause impacted teeth. Other common causes include abnormal growths or cysts and physical obstructions that prevent teeth from emerging through the gum tissue.
Symptoms of Impacted Teeth
In most cases, impacted teeth do not cause any symptoms, and individuals may not be aware of the condition until a dentist diagnoses it. However, when symptoms occur, they may include pain or swelling in the jaw, gums, or face, difficulty opening the mouth, and bad breath. In some cases, impacted teeth may also lead to infections or other complications that require immediate attention, such as gum disease.
Treatment Options for Impacted Teeth
Depending on the severity of the condition, impacted teeth can be treated using a variety of options, including surgical extraction, exposure, and bonding. Your dentist will examine your mouth, take X-rays, and determine the best course of action based on the impaction’s extent and overall dental health. At Madison Square Dentistry, we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs to help restore your dental health and prevent future complications.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of an impacted tooth or have concerns about your dental health, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team of experienced dental professionals is here to provide you with the compassionate care and support you need to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.