What are the symptoms of Impacted Tooth?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 08, 2012
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  • Impacted tooth is the one that erupts through the gums.
  • There can be swelling in the back of the mouth or the side of the jaw.
  • Irritation in opening the jaw and bad breath are other signs.
  • Your oral surgeon will evaluate your teeth for the treatment approach.

Impacted tooth is the one that erupts through the gums or erupts only partially by the expected age. The third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are the last teeth to come out. Most commonly they come out when one is between the age of 16-20 years.


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The common symptoms of impacted tooth are the following.

  • Swelling which may be present on the gum in the back of the mouth or the side of the jaw.
  • Pain, irritation or trouble in opening the jaw.
  • Bad breath (halitosis).
  • Bad or altered taste in the mouth.
  • Pain while eating or biting.
  • Intermittent pain (for days, weeks or months and then return).

Wisdom tooth can often cause problem and can become impacted, which happens if the space left in the mouth is not adequate to accommodate them. At times, wisdom teeth may become impacted if it turns to one side, gets tilted or is positioned erroneously. The pain can radiate or may be felt in nearby teeth or the ear on the same side. There could be problems such as gum swelling, tooth decay 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.



Your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate your teeth and mouth to figure out if you have impacted wisdom teeth or there is another reason behind discomfort. Besides examining your mouth, he/she will ask questions about your dental symptoms and general health. An examination of the condition of your teeth and gums will be done. Moreover, dental X-rays is taken to determine the presence of impacted teeth as well as damage to teeth or bone.

Some dentists suggest removing wisdom teeth to prevent future potential problems while others go a more conservative approach considering that wisdom teeth is not causing problems in young adulthood. In a conservative approach, your dentist will monitor your teeth for decay, gum disease or other complications.

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