impacted tooth affects your oral health

How An Impacted Tooth Affects Your Oral Health

Impacted teeth usually occur in adults and they mainly affect the third molars or wisdom teeth. Below, we take a look at how an impacted tooth can affect our oral health.

Key takeaways:

• An impacted tooth can push against other teeth and cause misalignment problems and tooth decay.

• Impacted teeth can also cause infections which may then damage the gums and the bone anchoring your teeth. 

• If left untreated, impacted teeth can accelerate or cause gum disease, jaw problems and bad breath. 

Visit your dentist as soon as possible if you have an impacted tooth.


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.