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Danger of Ignoring Impacted Canines

Posted on 2/23/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from an impacted canine.
Impacted teeth can pose a risk to the overall health of your mouth. All impacted really means is that you have a tooth that wants to erupt, but for some reason, it has gotten stuck. This is often due to crowding in your mouth.

If you ignore the tooth that wants to come in, you could end up dealing with a few symptoms that can make your life quite unhappy. Here are some of the problems you may face by ignoring impacted canines.

Problems Associated with Impacted Canines

One of the most common problems associated with impacted canines is pain. The tooth that gets stuck wants to come in, and continues to push. This can make the tooth trying to come in painful, plus the teeth surrounding that tooth can become quite sore.

Another issue with an impacted tooth is that the teeth surrounding where that tooth wants to go, often get pushed out of their normal position. This can be painful, can distort your smile, and can cause issues with your bite. If your teeth go from fitting together properly, to no longer sitting right, it could result in tooth, gum, or jaw pain, plus cracked teeth from teeth that don't come down the right way together.

If you suspect that one (or more) of your teeth may be stuck, you need to go in and see your dentist right away. The longer you wait, the more dangerous the time becomes. Each day that goes by that leaves that tooth out of place or struggling to come in, is one more day that you could be going through unnecessary pain.

There are ways of treating impacted teeth, but you do need to know what is causing the tooth to be stuck in the first place. Call our office for more information today!


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