A lot of people suffer from having an impacted tooth, or a tooth that hasn’t erupted. For most people, it shouldn’t be a problem, but there are cases that might require impacted tooth treatment.
What exactly causes an impacted tooth, and do people really need to undergo impacted tooth treatment?
What Causes an Impacted Tooth?
The usual reason for an impacted tooth is that there’s no space for the tooth to erupt. This usually happens to wisdom teeth, or the set of third molars. This is because wisdom teeth usually erupt when a person is 17 to 25 years old. At this point, people already have their permanent teeth, so it’s possible that it’s too “crowded” for wisdom teeth. Though, it’s also possible for wisdom teeth to erupt without any problems.
An impacted tooth can either be fully or partially impacted. Fully impacted means that the tooth is completely under the molar, and it is not breaking through the gums.
In contrast, if a tooth is partially impacted, it means that part of it has erupted or has broken through the gums.
Either way, impacted teeth usually grow at a different angle compared to the rest of the teeth, or even completely sideways. It’s also possible for them to grow straight up or down, but get “trapped” within a person’s jaw.