The Impacted Tooth- Reasons And Ramifications
An impacted tooth is a relatively unknown dental problem as opposed to cavities etc.
There are instances when a tooth remains un-erupted in the mouth. This un-erupted tooth can fall into two groups namely an embedded or an impacted tooth. In both the cases, the tooth remains either below the gum or the bone surface. An impacted tooth is one that doesnâ€™t succeed in to passing fully through your gums.
Reasons/Causes Of An Impacted Tooth
Teeth begin their process of passing through gums from the time of infancy and also when we lose our milk teeth to get permanent ones. In the event of a tooth emerging partially or not at all, it is known as an impacted tooth. The most common reason for it is that the mouth may be just overcrowded by the existing teeth and thereâ€™s no room for the new one. Likewise, a tooth may also twist, tilt or get displaced while emerging, which again results in it turning into an impacted tooth.
- The following are the symptoms of an impacted tooth:
- Difficulty in opening your mouth and bad breath
- The gums (Gingiva) and/or jawbone experience tenderness accompanied by pain.
- Prolonged jaw or headaches
- Swelling accompanied by redness near the impacted toothâ€™s gum.
- An obvious gap where the tooth should have normally emerged.
- An unpleasant taste when the area is bit down or pressed upon.
Although there have been many cases of wisdom teeth being impacted, they generally do not create any problems and are painless. Some dentists however believe that the impacted tooth pushes the neighboring teeth which push the next one in a kind of Domino effect, eventually causing problems in your bite. Also, food, and debris can get trapped in the impacted tooth and cause dental problems like pericoronitis, a condition where your gums get inflamed and tender resulting in an unpleasant odor.
The only way to ensure that you have an impacted tooth is through Dental X-rays. In case, of you not having any problems with it, no treatment is required. If symptoms do occur, they can be relieved either through pain relievers available over-the-counter or either a salt-and-warm-water gargle.
In case you decide to get rid of your impacted tooth, it can be extracted at your dentistâ€™s office. However if your case is considered to be a difficult one then an oral surgeon will have to be consulted. In case you have an infected impacted tooth, your doctor will prescribe you some anti-biotic before it is extracted.
A wisdom tooth is the one most likely to grow into an impacted tooth. Treatment for an asymptomatic impacted tooth is not necessary. The treatment of an impacted tooth usually involves either extraction or oral surgery as the case may be. An infected impacted tooth may need you to take anti-biotic.