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An impacted tooth is one that does not break through the gum.
Impaction most often occurs with the third molars (wisdom teeth) or other teeth
in the back of the mouth; the front and side teeth rarely become
Impacted teeth may not cause problems. If an impacted tooth does
cause problems, such as infection or pain, surgery may be needed to remove
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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