An Impacted Tooth Before Braces or Invisalign
What is an impacted tooth?
An impacted tooth is the term used to describe a tooth that does not pass through the gums or “grow in” on its own. When this happens, the tooth remains stuck in the gum tissue or bone, which can cause other dental problems if left untreated. Impacted teeth can occur for various reasons, including overcrowding of teeth. It is common, especially with wisdom teeth, and is often painless. However, an impacted tooth may require treatment from an orthodontist in order to prevent future dental issues.
What causes an impacted tooth?
There are two times during your life when teeth will grow through the gums. This will first happen when your baby teeth emerge, and again when your adult teeth emerge. During both of these time periods, a tooth may fail to grow in for various reasons, such as:
- The tooth has twisted or grown in at an angle that cannot fit
- Other teeth in the mouth are overcrowded
- The jaw is too small to fit more teeth
- The tooth is too big to fit in the mouth
What are the signs of an impacted tooth?
If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms of an impacted tooth, it is important to meet with an experienced orthodontist at Diamond Braces to determine your treatment options:
- Bad breath
- Gum tenderness or pain
- Swollen or red gums
- Gaps in teeth
- Jaw aches
How are impacted teeth diagnosed?
Impacted teeth can be diagnosed at Diamond Braces during a simple office visit with one of our orthodontists. A visit will usually consist of a dental evaluation as well as x-rays to evaluate the position of the teeth below the gum line.
How are impacted teeth treated?
At Diamond Braces, we offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatment options for correcting impacted teeth, including tooth extraction when necessary. In some cases, impacted teeth may require braces or a retainer to correct. Some of the treatment options we offer include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of an impacted tooth, contact us at Diamond Braces today. Our orthodontists have many years of experience and can help you feel and look your best with your brightest and healthiest smile. Call 201.308.8181 to learn more or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment now.