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Impacted Tooth

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Impacted Tooth

Surgery may be required to extract an impacted tooth
An impacted tooth occurs when there is insufficient room in the dental arch to accommodate a tooth's growth. Surgery may be required to remove the tooth.

When an impacted tooth is extracted, there can be mild discomfort and swelling.

A cold compress will help alleviate some of the swelling. If your dentist prescribes a pain medication, it should be taken as directed. Patients should avoid chewing on the side of the extraction for 2 to 3 days following the procedure. This will encourage faster healing.