About 80% of the population has impacted tooth. An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt to its normal functional position due to blockade by adjacent tooth, bone/ soft tissue.
Last molars are most commonly impacted, followed by Canines. When a person develops pain on one side they immediately take an OTC (over the counter) Analgesic and become temporarily relieved. Then they chew with the opposite side giving the Nidus of infection a chance to grow at ease.
An impacted tooth applies pressure over the adjacent teeth and tissue which results in symptoms. If unattended, these may have cystic/ malignant transformations in the long run. But the most devastating fate is a space infection which may be life threatening.
Every individual is advised to have a regular check up done by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and if required undergo surgical removal of the particular tooth at an early age.
An impacted tooth is not a normal tooth that can be extracted as it may create complications due to the dense bone around it.