Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

What is Impacted Tooth?

By  , Expert Content
Oct 08, 2012
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)

A tooth is considered impacted if it fails to erupt through the gums, or erupts only partially by the expected age. Wisdom teeth or the third molars are the last teeth to come out or erupt. There is one wisdom tooth on each side of the jaw. They usually erupt after the person is 16 years old, most commonly between the age of 16-20 years. As these are the last permanent teeth to erupt they often cause problem and can become impacted. Wisdom tooth may get impacted if the space left in the mouth is not adequate to accommodate them when they erupt.

 

At times they may become impacted if it turns to one side, gets tilted or is positioned erroneously in the jaw.

 

An impacted tooth may cause no problems or may become painful when it tries to erupt. The pain can radiate or may be felt in nearby teeth or the ear on the same side. A partially erupted tooth can cause other problems like gum swelling, tooth decay, change in bite (the way the teeth come together), and an infection (pericoronitis) due to collection of food and other debris under the gum. Impacted tooth can cause formation of a follicular (dentigerous) cyst as well. This can injure nearby teeth and even destroy the nearby bone.

 

 

Related Articles
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Write a Review
Post a Comment
Disclaimer +
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.

Medical Miracle

India’s pregnant man?India’s pregnant man?