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What have you heard about impacted teeth? You may have heard that wisdom teeth sometimes become impacted, and you probably know that wisdom teeth are removed in order to avoid these types of issues. But did you know that several teeth could actually become impacted? Sadly, any impacted tooth could lead to serious problems—but there are a number of things you can do to avoid this problem.

An impacted tooth is a tooth that can’t fully emerge from your gums, typically because it doesn’t have enough room. Your wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the most likely to become impacted. An impacted tooth can lead to other problems and can disturb the position of your other teeth. However, an impacted tooth can be completely painless, so you may not realize you have an issue.

If you have an impacted tooth, your gums could also swell or become infected. This may be painful and could cause infections in your other teeth. An impacted tooth could also lead to infections in your jaw and ear as well. You may be able to recognize an impacted tooth if you have a constant bad taste in your mouth, bad breath, or pain when you bite or chew.

Typically, our team can address this issue simply by removing the tooth. If you’re interested in learning more about impacted teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 972-594-7414. Dr. Pedro Franco and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!