An impacted tooth occurs when a tooth either is not able to fully emerge through the gums or is only partially able to emerge. In either case, the impacted tooth can cause a variety of problems.
Some people may have an obvious problem, while others may not realize what is happening. Since it is important to treat an impacted tooth as early as possible, it is important to know how to tell if you have an impacted tooth.
When Can Teeth Become Impacted
The most common time when a tooth becomes impacted is when wisdom teeth try to emerge. This typically happens during the late teen years and early twenties but can occur at any time in life. Impacted teeth can also occur as baby teeth and adult teeth try to grow.
It is possible that a tooth can partially emerge or not emerge at all. The reasons vary from the skin being too thick to there not being enough room for the teeth to emerge. In these cases, the teeth can become impacted and can cause different problems.
Signs of an Impacted Tooth
If impacted teeth can occur at different times in life, it is a good idea to know what the signs are. There are times when it is obvious there is a problem, and there are times when it is not so obvious. One of the more obvious signs of a problem is swollen, red or bleeding gums around the site where the tooth is trying to emerge. If there is an infection, it can lead to bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. Some people have difficulty opening their jaw.
The most familiar pain for people with an impacted tooth is pain. The problem with pain is that it is not always constant. It can also vary in how severe the pain is. When you feel pain in an area where there is no tooth, you may want to look further to see if it is the result of an impacted tooth.
There are ways to treat an impacted tooth. It is something that is important to do, but many people try to avoid it. The best choice is to make sure the problem does not get worse by treating the impacted tooth.
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