What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Most times the teeth happen to grow into a jaw which is large enough for them to fit into, but some people do not have sufficient space for their wisdom teeth, hence causing them to have impacted wisdom teeth. The third molars, mostly referred to as the wisdom teeth, are the last set to grow in arriving between the age of 16 and 21. What seldom happens is that the wisdom teeth either do not grow into proper position inside the mouth or they are buried under the gum line. When buried under the gum, it could be that they are covered only with gum or covered with partly or wholly.

Symptoms


The wisdom teeth are of no real importance in our lives today since our diet now contains more of softer food and we are now able to cut chunks of food into smaller pieces that we can chew at once. Therefore it is easy for you not to care about keeping your wisdom tooth. Most of the time, impacted wisdom teeth don’t cause problems but sometimes they do. Visit our Office (keem Smile Dentistry) on HWY 6 N Houston TX- 77084 to have your radiograph taken and a Doctor to check it and advise you as to what to do and the condition of the wisdom teeth. Common symptoms that can be experienced are as follows:

  • Infection and Swelling. There is often a noticeable level of swelling, infection and pain that accompanies impacted wisdom teeth and the circumstance should not be neglected. Considering the fact that the impacted wisdom teeth can cause harm to other teeth and bone around it, professional advice is strongly recommended because infected impacted wisdom teeth can affect your general health if left untreated.

  • Impacted Wisdom Tooth Pain. If you feel pain in your impacted wisdom teeth, you need to get it removed especially when it’s been a recurrent thing.

  • Other symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth are jaw tenderness, redness of the gum around/over it, bad breath and bad taste. Jaw expansion is another sign/symptom that you can notice. Your bone will expand if you develop tumor from the impacted tooth. Weak bone that can fracture easily if a cyst should develop from the impacted tooth. Cyst is a fluid-filled sac in your bone that erode/eat your bone away and it is almost always an incidental finding because you won’t have any expansion of your bone. Paresthesia around your lip could be the only thing that you will first notice before you seek a professional.


Types of Impaction

Traditionally, professional dentists will take x-rays before the removal of your wisdom tooth to get the exact location of the tooth or teeth that will be removed. Impacted wisdom tooth can be one of four categories depending on how they are aligned in the mouth.

  • Full-Bony Impacted. This is the most difficult of all wisdom tooth removal and that is because the wisdom tooth is wholly caught in the jaw.

  • Partial-Bony Impacted. As the name implies, this type of wisdom tooth is partly stuck in jaw bone. It is easier to remove compared to full-bony.

  • Soft-Tissue Impacted. The type of removal is not as complex as the ones listed above because the tooth is just stuck beneath the gum.

  • Erupted. This is the easiest of all the wisdom teeth removal because the teeth are already in the mouth.

If you notice that you are feeling pain in your wisdom teeth area, go and see your dentist. We are here to check it for you and get it removed.

Removal of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Though the word “surgery” might sound a bit scary, it is still less painful as well as common compared to the all the pain that comes with impacted wisdom teeth. It is usually advised to get your impacted wisdom teeth removed as a precaution. You do not wish to wait till it damages the tooth in front of it at which point you would have to loose not just one tooth the wisdom tooth, but also the tooth next to it. This is because of the challenges of cleaning the far corner of the mouth where the wisdom teeth is which would in turn cause decay.


You may have it removed under local anesthesia only or sedation with local anesthesia. Talking about sedation, it could be nitrous sedation (Laughing gas), oral sedation (sedative pills that patients take before the appointment) or IV sedation (intravenous injection given in the office before the procedure)

Once you are numb, depending on the type that is been removed, the dentist/surgeon will cut your gum open, remove some bone, section the wisdom tooth and remove it. Sometimes we don’t need to cut your gum open if the wisdom tooth is already showing the mouth. Curette and irrigate the site and place stitches. Post op instruction will be given and a follow up visit scheduled. It is important to follow the post op instruction.

Though the word “surgery” might sound a bit scary, it is still less painful as well as common compared to the all the pain that comes with impacted wisdom teeth. It is usually advised to get your impacted wisdom teeth removed as a precaution. You do not wish to wait till it damages the tooth in front of it at which point you would have to loose not just one tooth the wisdom tooth, but also the tooth next to it. This is because of the challenges of cleaning the far corner of the mouth where the wisdom teeth is which would in turn cause decay.


You may have it removed under local anesthesia only or sedation with local anesthesia. Talking about sedation, it could be nitrous sedation (Laughing gas), oral sedation (sedative pills that patients take before the appointment) or IV sedation (intravenous injection given in the office before the procedure)

Once you are numb, depending on the type that is been removed, the dentist/surgeon will cut your gum open, remove some bone, section the wisdom tooth and remove it. Sometimes we don’t need to cut your gum open if the wisdom tooth is already showing the mouth. Curette and irrigate the site and place stitches. Post op instruction will be given and a follow up visit scheduled. It is important to follow the post op instruction.


During your consultation, you will receive a free Dental Exam and Consultation By one of Our Specialist Dentist who will assess you and also discuss your treatment plan with you. You will also receive a free Panoramic X-ray scan of your teeth, which gives the doctor a more in-depth look to develop a plan to give you the best results possible.