Impacted / Missing Teeth

Impacted or Missing Teeth

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Impacted teeth - caused when the developing tooth bud grows in the wrong direction or if it is blocked out by other teeth. This can cause the tooth to fail to erupt into the mouth. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth.

This problem should be corrected because it can:

  • Cause damage to the root structure of adjacent tooth/teeth.
  • Interfere with the sinus cavity.
  • Leave unwanted spaces.
  • Lead to improper functioning of the teeth.
  • Cause premature wear of the teeth.
  • Crowding as the tooth tries to push through - (also a cause of relapse after treatment)

Missing teeth - Is the absence of a tooth or teeth that should normally be present. This can be caused by trauma or lack of development or extractions.

This problem should be corrected because it can:

  • Cause collapsing of the bite.
  • Cause drifting of the teeth.
  • Cause asymmetric alignment of the teeth.
  • Make your smile less attractive.