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Impacted teeth

The term impacted teeth refers to teeth which are obstructed from erupting into normal position. Obstruction usually occurs due to crowding, ie too many teeth for the size of the jaw.

Common impacted teeth include:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Canine teeth
  • Supernumerary teeth

The term supernumerary teeth refers to extra teeth.

Removal of impacted teeth may be required to prevent infection or other pathology or be required prior to orthodontic treatment (to straighten teeth).

Surgical exposure of impacted teeth (eg canines) may also be requested prior to orthodontic treatment.