Impacted Teeth

1. What is an impacted tooth? Is it necessary for me to have it removed?

A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough space for it to erupt in its correct position, possibly due to overlying gums, bone, or another tooth. Most often it goes unnoticeable except when it causes pain due to an infection of the surrounding tooth structures.

It is necessary to have an impacted tooth removed if it causes pain and infection on the surrounding gums and tooth structures.

2. At what age is it best to have my impacted tooth removed?

Your dentist should assess if after the age of 21 years, you have 1 or more teeth that have not yet erupted. The most common teeth that become impacted are the third molars (the “wisdom” teeth), the last teeth to erupt. Canines can also become impacted.