An impacted tooth is never a pleasant oral issue to have, and left untreated it can quickly grow into a serious concern.

What Is An Impacted Tooth?

An impacted tooth is a tooth that it is “stuck” and cannot break through the gums into proper position like normal teeth.

Often times it is wisdom teeth that are most common to become impacted, as described in ‘Wisdom Teeth’ under the Oral & Maxillofacial Services Tab – where you can find further information.

Although wisdom teeth are the most common of impacted teeth concerns, any tooth can become impacted.

What Causes An Impacted Tooth?

There are various causes of an impacted tooth, include abnormal tooth size and the fact that it can grow incorrectly. As well, delayed development can play a role, inadequate size of the jaws, other teeth getting in the way, or even cysts or tumors preventing proper eruption.

What Concerns Are Caused From A Impacted Tooth?

An impacted tooth can cause damage to other teeth, create painful infections, bring about orthodontic tooth alignment problems, and even cause cysts or tumors. So be sure to check out our Wisdom Teeth section of the website for greater detail on the oral concerns that are attributed to an impacted tooth.

Other Common Impacted Teeth Include…

The maxillary cuspid, also known as a canine tooth or upper eyetooth, is the second most common tooth to become impacted. The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your bite. These teeth are very strong biting and tearing teeth and have the longest roots of any human teeth, so having an impacted canine tooth can be a serious cause for concern, which will need to be corrected for optimal health.

At DentistsRUs, we want all our patients to have happy and healthy smiles. If you think you might have an impacted tooth, or are concerned about how your wisdom teeth might be growing in, contact one of our local dental professionals below to book a checkup!

  • Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
  • Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
  • Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
  • Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
  • New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View