What Does “Impaction” Mean When It Comes to Your Smile?

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If you have been told by your dentist at New Smiles Dental that you have dental impaction, you may have a lot of questions about this condition and what can be done about it. At our Sherwood, OR, area office, we provide a wide range of services for patients in the community, including treatments for dental impaction. Continue reading to learn more about this condition and the solutions to solve it!

What Is Dental Impaction?

Dental impaction is a condition when one of your teeth becomes stuck and cannot fully erupt or emerge from the gums. Teeth that commonly are impacted are the wisdom teeth, or the third molars, which typically erupt through the gums in the late teen years or the early adult years. There may not be enough room in the mouth, which results in impaction for many of our patients.

What Can Cause Dental Impaction?

Dental impaction can be caused by several different factors, including the overcrowding of teeth in the mouth or the development of extra teeth. In fact, did you know that you can have up to eight wisdom teeth, two in each corner, that can become stuck under the gumline? These extra teeth can result in additional problems that need to be addressed with the help of a dental professional at New Smiles Dental.

How Is Dental Impaction Treated?

The main treatment for dental impaction is to remove the tooth surgically. However, there are some cases where this may not be necessary, such as with premolars that are still developing. Your dentist can evaluate you to address the best course of action for treatment to resolve the situation and relieve you of any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.

Schedule a visit with New Smiles Dental

If you think you might have dental impaction or any other type of oral health issue, talk to your Sherwood, OR dentist at New Smiles Dental about your symptoms and get a professional diagnosis. They will be able to recommend an appropriate course of treatment based on your situation and can educate you on any alternative options that may be available. Call New Smile Dental today at 503-925-9595 to request your evaluation.


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