A tooth that only partially emerges from the gum is called an impacted tooth. This usually happens with the third set of molars. From about 17 to 21 years old, almost all of your teeth are in and the space in your gums are mostly entirely filled with teeth leaving these last molars with insufficient space. These teeth often stay stuck in the gum tissue because it erupts crookedly due to the lack of space.
Although pain and discomfort are rare, impacted teeth can still cause dental issues. When the tooth begins to come to surface, it can cause a gap in the gum where food and other debris can get trapped. This can often result in tooth infection and decay. Impacted teeth can also lead to the shifting of the other teeth because when they begin to erupt they can move the other teeth. This can result in a misaligned bite.
In order to prevent these potential dental problems caused by impacted teeth, wisdom teeth extraction is recommended before the patient reaches age 21 because younger gum tissues heals faster after extraction. However, regardless of your age, when an impacted tooth causes pain and discomfort, contact Oyster Point Dentistry immediately.