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What We Do When a Tooth is Impacted but Needs to Come Out

Posted on 1/15/2020 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
What We Do When a Tooth is Impacted but Needs to Come OutImpact is not a good word in general, we agree. Impact brings up images of disasters and messy accidents. However, there are other ways that we can use that word.

One of the ways that we can use the word impact is to describe teeth. In this case, impacted teeth can cause all kinds of trouble. If you are not sure what an impacted tooth could do to your mouth, we have some information for you about impacted teeth and when we need to remove them.

What Are Impacted Teeth?

An impacted tooth is a tooth that cannot erupt. Sometimes a tooth can't erupt because it gets stuck in your jawbone and can't move. There are also times the tooth gets stuck in your gum tissue and can't erupt either. Teeth can also become impacted when another tooth is crowding them and not allowing them to move to the surface of your mouth.

Many people think it is not a big deal if you have impacted teeth. However, impacted teeth can cause all sorts of problems. Impacted teeth can give you headaches and jaw pain. It can also crowd other teeth and make them not perform the way that they should. Impacted teeth can also become infected, and if it is untreated, it could cause an abscess, which is a massive infection.

When A Tooth Needs to Come Out

When an impacted tooth starts creating problems, we have to remove it. First, we deaden the area so that you don't feel anything. Depending on how long the procedure might take, you may need different kinds of anesthesia.

We make an incision over the tooth, and we use tools to remove the impacted tooth. Normally, the procedure doesn't take very long, and you will feel much better when your tooth is out. If you think you might have an impacted tooth, don't hesitate to give us a call today.

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