What does impacted tooth mean?

Impacted tooth. An impacted tooth is a tooth that has not fully erupted into the mouth, and may be partially or totally covered by bone. Some teeth are vertically impacted and some are horizontally impacted. Most impacted teeth are usually 3rd molars (wisdom teeth), but other teeth can also be impacted.
Eruption anomaly. Means that something's preventing the tooth from fully erupting into functional occlusion. Can cause damage to adjacent teeth and tissues. If rx recommended, get it done.
Stuck under gums. An impacted tooth means that something is preventing the path of eruption of the tooth into the mouth. typically this requires oral surgery to either remove the tooth to expose it for an orthodontist to move it into place.
Under the gums. An impacted tooth means that something is preventing the path of eruption of the tooth into the mouth. Possible causes may include, insufficient space for the tooth, an abnormal position of the tooth as it is developing, and cysts associated with the tooth and/or jaw.

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What exactly does boney impacted tooth mean?

Bone. Tooth is covered by bone, in contrast to a soft tissue impaction where it is covered by soft tissue. Read more...
Bony Impaction. The wisdom tooth is covered partially or completely by a layer of jaw bone. This condition requires complex removal techniques and recommended to be performed by an oral surgeon. Hope it helps. Read more...
Tooth covered. The tooth is covered by gum and bone. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Read more...

What does an impacted wisdom tooth mean for extraction? I've been told that one of my wisdom teeth is impacted. Does that make extraction more difficult than normal? Is there a longer recovery time? .

An . An impacted tooth is one that has not fully erupted into the mouth and is, to some degree, still covered gum tissue and / or bone. A fully impacted tooth is completely covered by bone. An impacted tooth does not necessarily have to be more difficult to extract than an erupted tooth for two reasons: 1. An impacted tooth may not have completed root formation. Besides having less tooth structure to remove, partially formed roots may not be curved at their tips and thus can be easier to remove. 2. When a tooth is fully erupted and in function, the bone around it consolidates (or hardens) in response to the function. This may make the tooth more difficult to remove. Impacted teeth may be more difficult to remove for the following reasons: 1. There is a significant amount of bone and / or soft tissue covering them making access more difficult. 2. Impacted teeth may be closely related to vital structures such as nerves and the sinuses making extraction more challenging. 3. Impacted teeth may be angled in ways that make it more difficult to extract them. I recommend an evaluation by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to better determine the necessity of extraction and the degree of difficulty that may be encountered. Read more...
Impacted teeth. . Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars that are under the bone and gums behind the back teeth. Sometimes their position will not allow them to erupt, or they will push on back molar causing damage or grow large cysts weaken jawbone. Therefore, they need to be removed. They are a more difficult surgical procedure that require longer healing time(week). Sedation is suggested. Read more...