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  • Dental Caries

    Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or a cavity, is an infection, bacterial in origin, that causes demineralization and destruction of ...

  • Space Maintainer

    Dental space maintainers can help keep the space for an adult tooth open if the baby tooth has been lost too early...

  • Teeth Whitening

    Whitening, or "tooth bleaching", is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, including ove...

  • Laser Root Canal Treatment

    Laser technology was introduced to endodontics with the goal of improving the results obtained with traditional procedures through the use o...

  • Immediate Implants

    Immediate implants are an increasingly common strategy to preserve bone and reduce treatment times which includes the placement of a dental...

  • Impaction

    An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt into the dental arch within the specific time. Because impacted teeth do not erupt, they ar...

  • Operculectomy

    Operculectomy is a minor surgical procedure where the affected soft tissue covering and surrounding the tooth is removed. This leaves an ar...

  • Lip Lengthening

    Lip Lengthening is an in-office clinical procedure carried out under local anesthesia (freeze up), which can be helped with the aid of a re...

  • Biopsy

    A biopsy is a simple surgery that removes samples of soft tissue or bone from the body. In the case of dentists, this may be gum tissue, a t...

  • Facial Esthetic Surgeries

    Facial cosmetic surgery has long been the solution of choice for the correction of physical malformations resulting from aging, disease, inj...

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Impaction

Departments: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt into the dental arch within the specific time. Because impacted teeth do not erupt, they are retained throughout the individual’s lifetime unless extracted or exposed surgically. Teeth may become impacted because of adjacent teeth, dense overlying bone, excessive soft tissue or a genetic abnormality. Most often, the cause of impaction is inadequate arch length and space in which to erupt. That is the total length of the alveolar arch is smaller than the tooth arch (the combined mesiodistal width of each tooth). The third molars are frequently impacted because they are the last teeth to erupt in the oral cavity. Mandibular third molars are more commonly impacted than their maxillary counterparts. As a general rule, all impacted teeth must be surgically removed unless and otherwise contraindicated.