What Is an Impacted Tooth?
An impacted tooth is a tooth that is stuck in the gum, unable to erupt and provide normal function. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause issues, such as pain and infection. Because wisdom teeth are not needed, they are often extracted.
The maxillary cuspid (known as the “upper canine”) is another tooth prone to impaction. This tooth, however, is critical for bite functions. The upper canines are often the last “front” teeth to erupt (typically around the age of 13). If eruption seems to be delayed, an oral surgeon can use techniques to encourage the tooth to advance.