Tooth Impaction is a condition in which a tooth fails to fully grow out (erupt) from the gums. Impacted teeth usually occur because of crowding or lack of space in the jaw.
Third molars (wisdom teeth), particularly the lowers, are the last to erupt (17 – 21 Years) and are more likely to be impacted.
What happens if you leave an impacted tooth?
- Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and may be prone to abscess and infection.
- Because of crowding & difficulty with cleaning, decay in adjacent teeth, as well as gum disease, often occurs.
- Impacted teeth causes difficulty in opening your mouth.
- Swelling around the jaw and bad breath occurs.