Impacted teeth – those that fail to erupt properly into the smile – can be problematic in a number of ways, yet it is quite common for some teeth to become impacted. When this happens, the patient may face risks of multiple issues that can compromise their oral health.
Even when the impacted teeth are not in a highly visible location of the smile, as is the case with the wisdom teeth, patients may choose to have these teeth extracted to reduce the risk of problems. Removal of impacted teeth requires a surgical procedure in order to remove surrounding bone and access the teeth.
We encourage any patients who need to have an impacted tooth removed to reach out and schedule a consultation. Learn about all of the benefits and risks of this procedure so that you can make an informed treatment decision.
Why Teeth Become Impacted
Teeth may fail to erupt properly for different reasons. The third molars, otherwise known as the wisdom teeth, are the most likely culprits to become impacted. These teeth are quite large, and most modern humans don’t have large enough jaws to allow them to erupt properly.