Impacted teeth can cause a wide variety of problems. Not only can they hurt, they can also cause damage to the teeth that surround them. Their location can put pressure on surrounding teeth and push those teeth out of alignment.
Plus, they can also get infected, leading to even more issues within your mouth. If you have an impacted canine, it is very important you understand the dangers that come with it not being treated.
What Can Happen if You Do Not Treat an Impacted Canine?
When an impacted canine is left in place, it can put a lot of pressure on the surrounding structures. This can lead to pain in the impacted tooth, as well as pain in each of the teeth that surround it. This can cause the teeth to come in crooked around the impacted tooth, as well as causing an increased chance of developing gum disease.
Some impacted teeth partially erupt. This means they come out of the gums, but just a little bit. The full tooth is not totally exposed. This means that the bacteria of the mouth can get under the gums of that impacted tooth, which can lead to the tooth decaying and getting infected. This infection can hurt that tooth, plus the teeth nearby. If the infection goes without treatment, it can also spread to other parts of your body.
Impacted canines are relatively common. There are treatments that we can offer you to help with them. Some of them can be put into their proper location through oral surgery, while others will have to be extracted. Just leaving the tooth there to cause damage, is never an option, however. Call us today to find out more about what we can do to help with your impacted canine.