A Patient’s Guide to Impacted Teeth [INFOGRAPHIC]

Impacted teeth are teeth that don’t erupt through the gum as expected. Impacted wisdom and canine teeth are most common, and both usually require treatment. Wisdom tooth removal is the usual treatment when those teeth are impacted. Under local or general anesthesia, an oral surgeon opens up the gums, removes the tooth, and sutures the gum tissue back together. For an impacted canine tooth, extraction is not an option, because canine teeth are too important for chewing. Instead, an oral surgeon will start by removing any leftover baby teeth, extraneous adult teeth, or growths that could be blocking eruption. If that doesn’t work, the oral surgeon will work together with an orthodontist to coax the impacted canine tooth into place. The Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, a practice providing oral surgery in San Diego , takes a closer look at impacted teeth in this infographic. Please help other patients dealing with impacted teeth learn about treatment options by sharing this information.

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