17 doctors weighed in:
How can I prevent impacted teeth?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: None
There is no way to prevent impacted tooth.

In brief: None
There is no way to prevent impacted tooth.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Impacted teeth are..
Impacted teeth are predisposed.
In x-rays before teeth have erupted, we are able to see that a tooth or teeth are impacted, coming in sideways, and in many cases, we are able to recommend that these impacted teeth be removed before they cause pain. The gums would be opened surgically to access the tooth prior to eruption. Wisdom teeth are the teeth which we most commonly see impacted.

In brief: Impacted teeth are..
Impacted teeth are predisposed.
In x-rays before teeth have erupted, we are able to see that a tooth or teeth are impacted, coming in sideways, and in many cases, we are able to recommend that these impacted teeth be removed before they cause pain. The gums would be opened surgically to access the tooth prior to eruption. Wisdom teeth are the teeth which we most commonly see impacted.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Can't
You were born with the genetic tissue to make them. Sorry there is no control over that.

In brief: Can't
You were born with the genetic tissue to make them. Sorry there is no control over that.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Kini Tran
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: You can't
Impacted teeth is caused by your genetics.
It mainly occurs because of a lack of space or room for growth so the teeth will be impacted. Other than the wisdom teeth, sometimes preemptive orthodontics can be done to create the proper space for the impacted tooth growth but it is not guaranteed. Consult with your dentist or orthodontist can give you a more clear answer based on your situation.

In brief: You can't
Impacted teeth is caused by your genetics.
It mainly occurs because of a lack of space or room for growth so the teeth will be impacted. Other than the wisdom teeth, sometimes preemptive orthodontics can be done to create the proper space for the impacted tooth growth but it is not guaranteed. Consult with your dentist or orthodontist can give you a more clear answer based on your situation.
Dr. Kini Tran
Dr. Kini Tran
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Thanks for the great answer. Can you add a comment about how to get a young person to the dentist to check on the status of incoming teeth or ones known to be impacted?
Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Consult your dentist
Teeth are impacted because of the position they are developing or because something is obstructing the path of eruption and preventing the tooth from erupting.
A thorough evaluation by your dentist, and sometimes by an orthodontist and /or surgeon may be indicated to determine which tooth or teeth are impacted, and if anything can be done to allow the impacted tooth to erupt if indicated.

In brief: Consult your dentist
Teeth are impacted because of the position they are developing or because something is obstructing the path of eruption and preventing the tooth from erupting.
A thorough evaluation by your dentist, and sometimes by an orthodontist and /or surgeon may be indicated to determine which tooth or teeth are impacted, and if anything can be done to allow the impacted tooth to erupt if indicated.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry
In brief: Choose
Choose different parents ! if the size of your upper and lower jaws is determined genetically and the size of your teeth is determined genetically the mis-match between how large (or small) your jaw is and how large the teeth are creates a situation where there is shorter jaw space than the size of the teeth to occupy that space.

In brief: Choose
Choose different parents ! if the size of your upper and lower jaws is determined genetically and the size of your teeth is determined genetically the mis-match between how large (or small) your jaw is and how large the teeth are creates a situation where there is shorter jaw space than the size of the teeth to occupy that space.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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