Impacted Tooth

A tooth that has been blocked by adjacent teeth, bone, or gums from erupting into the mouth is called an impacted tooth. The symptoms that result from a tooth getting impacted are red and swollen gums, food impaction, bad breath, pain on chewing, and difficulty opening the mouth. The wisdom teeth and canines are the teeth that commonly get impacted.

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I am a 21-year-old with an impacted wisdom tooth that is causing excruciating pain despite taking medications. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 years old, and I have an impacted wisdom tooth that is causing me excruciating pain. My face is slightly swollen and I have not been able to eat or sleep for the past three days, my jaw is locked and I cannot open my mouth. I have taken medications but nothing helped. Kindly h...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. The infection you are experiencing currently is that of the wisdom tooth wherein there's no space left for it to erupt and that pressure constricts in the blood vessels. I suggest you try nonsurgical home remedies first along with the antibiot...  Read Full »

I was about to start my Invisalign treatment and had an impacted canine. Please help me with the treatment plan.

Query: Hi doctor, I was about to start my Invisalign treatment and completed my iTero and other tests. I have some questions related to my CBCT reports. I have an impacted canine that is stuck under two teeth due to insufficient space in the arch. With Invisalign, enough space for the same is created, and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Upon review, these were the findings. You have impacted 43 (lower right canine) and buccally placed 13 (upper right canine). The space-gaining procedure req...  Read Full »

Does extraction of my horizontally placed lower wisdom tooth affect nerves in that area?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old and have no issues with the third molar. However, I want to remove it because I am doing an Invisalign treatment, and the orthodontist needs space in my lower jaw to align the teeth. This tooth has created a place where food gathers and is very hard to clean, so even...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Even after your Invisalign treatment, I have seen all the enclosed scan reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The lower third molar is in a completely horizontally impacted position. You can get the extraction done without any risk, as I can...  Read Full »

How to manage the pain caused due to wisdom tooth eruption?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having major pain in the back bottom right side of my mouth where my wisdom tooth is pushing in. I can see the wisdom tooth. What can I do for pain since the earliest my dentist can see me is in a week?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. You need to use Hydrogen peroxidase 3% mouth wash. Make sure the concentration must not be more than that. You can also use antibiotics only after consulting your dentist. You can also provide further det...  Read Full »

Is it possible to pull down my impacted left upper canine?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a confusion on pulling down an impacted left upper canine. One doctor said we can pull down left upper canine using bracket and braces other said no because roots are not yet formed.   Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Regarding the impacted left upper canine, I have looked at your CBCT and OPG (attachment removed to protect patient identity). A vital piece of information. The age of the patient is not available. However, according to the present data, the upper left canine is not com...  Read Full »

How to resolve my wisdom tooth pain before getting it extracted?

Query: Hello doctor, I have horizontally impacted wisdom tooth. I have an appointment to get them removed. But I started getting pain in the lower left base of my head. I think my tooth has got infected. I could see right into my lower left wisdom tooth, and I am keeping it as clean as possible with brush...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding dental health. The occurrence of pain is very common in an impacted wisdom tooth. That is very good that you are keeping it clean as much as possible in multiple ways. But, if your pain is too much, then go for the dosage of antibio...  Read Full »

My impacted canine could not move with the orthodontic treatment. Can I try again?

Query: Hi doctor,I had braces earlier and the orthodontist said that my tooth is ankylosed. He explained that my canine tooth will not come down. I even had the surgery to bring the canine down by attaching it to a hook and a chain, but nothing happened. Hence, I just want to know whether I can get the bra...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to Hope you are doing well.Yes, you can surely get your canine in place. The tooth in this condition is known as an impacted tooth.The impaction occurs due to the following reasons: Any obstruction or barrier preventing the tooth to come down.Lack of space for the tooth to en...  Read Full »

When should I extract the wisdom tooth that is causing pain and redness around the gums?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an appointment to remove my wisdom teeth in two months, but one of the teeth is now hurting my cheek when I eat. The gum around the tooth is red and sore. Should I call them for an appoinment immediately? Or wait till the next two months.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The wisdom teeth will erupt partially or remain completely impacted (in the wrong place and position). So it has to be extracted. The wisdom teeth which is in the wrong place may injure the tongue or cheek mucosa. It is normal, and there is no need to worry about...  Read Full »

The gum wall of my last tooth is swollen. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, The gum wall close to the last tooth is swollen. It is purplish with a bit of white. It hurts a lot and sometimes feels like it is not there. I have been using saline water to rinse, but I do not know how long it will take because I started two days back. Please help. I noticed the pain a...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Gum inflammation, swelling, and pain in the last tooth region could signify wisdom tooth eruption. The age of eruption of wisdom teeth is from 17 to 21 years. Both normally and abnormally erupting wisdom tooth shows similar symptoms. But if ...  Read Full »

Is extraction of wisdom teeth a highly complex procedure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old girl. The doctor told me I should have surgery to cut and remove two teeth. I wonder if it will be a difficult operation or not? And is it possible that these teeth have not erupted at this age so far, and it is tempting for them to come out with the help of somethin...  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to So maybe your wisdom tooth has not come out, and it is impacted, and the reason for this may vary, like lack of space, the tooth may be in different positions, or the tooth may be stuck in the bone. Get a dental X-ray to find out the position of the impacted tooth. P...  Read Full »

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