A tooth that has failed to erupt from its dental arch is an impacted tooth. Unless the tooth is exposed surgically or extracted, you will not be able to see it within the expected development window; this means you will have to retain it throughout your lifetime. You will often hear adults and teenagers saying they have impacted wisdom teeth, but it is also possible to have other teeth affected. The following are some of the reasons why you should never ignore a tooth that has failed to erupt.
Impacted Tooth Affects Gum Health
Gums are soft tissues that closely fit your teeth; this prevents plaque from building up around parts of your teeth found below the gum line. Impacted teeth weaken the gum, and if the tooth is partially exposed, it will leave the gum open to bacteria. If not treated early, you will develop gum disease.
Impacted Tooth Pain Can Lead to Severe Dental Issues
Most of our patients often ignore impacted tooth pain. However, it's important to note that the pain intensity will increase with time. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if the problem is from other dental issues such as when you start developing gingivitis. An impacted tooth when left untreated, it will grow into periodontitis, which can cause severe health-related problems. It can also lead to tooth decay and damage.
Impacted Tooth Lowers Self Confidence
Once you ignore an impacted tooth, it will result in having overcrowded teeth in your mouth. Overcrowded teeth will lower your confidence when smiling or talking, especially when you meet a new group of people. If you want to enhance your smile, you need to visit our offices and let our team of professionals have a look at your impacted tooth. Contact us to learn more about why you should not ignore an impacted tooth.
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