A Wisdom Tooth Can Become Impacted in Several Ways
Each type of impaction can have severe implications on the health and appearance of your smile.
Young Adults & Teens Face the Greatest Risk
In most cases, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Patients in this age group should pay special attention to any changes in their bite and be aware of symptoms that may indicate impaction.
Certain Factors Prevent Wisdom Teeth from Erupting
Lack of Space
Since wisdom teeth are the last to grow in, many patients may not have enough room for wisdom teeth to grow in properly.
The eruption of teeth can be unpredictable. Some grow in at awkward angles. This can lead to them becoming trapped under the jaw or gums.
Your Doctor Can Examine Your Bite to Identify an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Most of the time, an impacted wisdom tooth is easy to diagnose during a routine dental exam. During the exam, your doctor can perform a visual evaluation of your bite and review digital x-rays to determine where and how the tooth has become impacted. For more complex impaction, the doctor can also use 3-D imaging technology for a clear view of all the tissues involved.
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