Impacted Teeth

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Impacted teeth are those which remain below the surface of the gum, and often, bone, rather than erupting into their usual exposed positions in the mouth.  Impacted teeth most often result from a situation in which an unerupted tooth is wedged against another tooth or teeth or otherwise blocked so that it could not erupt normally.  Lower third molars (wisdom teeth) are the most commonly found unerupted teeth, while upper third molars are second most common.

In many cases, it is desirable to remove impacted teeth because of the damage they can do to other nearby teeth or recurrent infections they can cause.


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