Treating impacted teeth
There are different options for treating impacted teeth, which will depend on your individual needs and which teeth are affected. These include:
- Leaving and monitoring: If your impacted teeth aren’t causing any problems, your dentist might suggest leaving them. They’ll monitor them, including taking occasional X-rays, to see if any problems develop over time
- Extracting the tooth: If your impacted teeth are causing pain, your dentist might recommend extracting the tooth/teeth. This is often the case with wisdom teeth or if your impacted teeth could negatively impact your oral health. You can usually have this done in one day, either at your local practice or in hospital.
- Surgery and braces to move the tooth: If your dentist thinks it’s necessary, you can have an operation to uncover the buried tooth. This usually only happens if your canine is impacted and it involves removing a small ‘window’ of gum and bone to help it grow into your mouth. You’ll then need fixed braces to shift the canine into the correct position.
Find your local dentist
If you think you have an impacted tooth, or you’re experiencing any pain, search for your local practice below and get in touch. We can book you an appointment and talk you through possible treatment options.