A 41-year-old member asked:
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how would you know if you have an impacted wisdom tooth?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Often you don't: Because an impacted wisdom tooth is typically under the gum tissue and is usually without symptoms. Radiographs are needed to determine if a tooth is impacted.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Ask your dentist: An impacted tooth is under the gum and bone, and you would need radiographs to see it.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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