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Posted on 8/13/2017 by Century Dental LLC
If you have a tooth that never descended into your mouth, can you leave that tooth sitting up in your gums or do you need something to be done with it? You should have something done with the tooth if it is shifting even slightly.
A tooth that does not move at all, may be fine to leave there if your dentist is keeping a close eye on it. However, if that tooth is shifting and moving around, you need to have it extracted or pulled into place to make sure that your mouth is able to remain healthy.
Problems with Impacted Teeth
A tooth that is not descending into place is considered stuck, or impacted. These teeth sometimes will sit still for quite some time. However, eventually, nearly all of them move. They want to make their way into your mouth. That is their job, after all. If your dentist says that the tooth is in good condition and stable, it can be alright to leave that tooth in place, for now. However, as soon as that tooth tries to come in, it could hurt the other parts of your mouth.
A non-erupted tooth is one that can sit up in your gums and cause pain and even kickstart an infection. The sharp edges of the tooth can rip open the gums, which means bacteria can get into that part of your mouth. Most people don't get that high into their mouth when they brush, so this means that it could quickly become infected. This could spread to other parts of your body and make you incredibly sick, too.
If you have a tooth that is being defiant on coming down into place, talk with your dentist. They can track the progress of the tooth through x-rays and help you decide how to treat it when necessary.
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