Did you know studies show many people have impacted teeth? So you’re not alone. Some know it’s there when they start to feel some painful symptoms. Others have no idea until it is revealed on an x-ray. In any case, we are sure you have a number of questions and concerns, and we are here to answer them!
Want to know if you have an impacted tooth and if it needs to be removed? Then you are in the right place! Here in Stockton, CA, our surgeons at California Oral Surgery and Implantology are experts in dental extractions and oral and maxillofacial surgery. We are here to guide you every step of the way.
What Is An Impacted Tooth?
Put simply, an impacted tooth is ‘stuck.’ This means it does not erupt fully, so you can’t see or clean it like your other teeth. Sometimes it is blocked by bone, soft tissue, or adjacent teeth. Wisdom teeth often become impacted because they don’t have room on the dental arch. However, it is also possible for any other tooth to be impacted due to genetics or congenital disabilities.
Impacted teeth don’t always have symptoms. However, when they do, it could be a warning sign to get them removed. If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be a sign that you have impacted teeth:
- Prolonged headache or jaw ache
- Accidentally biting your gum tissue
- Redness and swelling around a tooth
- Difficulty opening your mouth and chewing
- Tenderness in the gums or jawbone
Impacted Tooth Removal
When you visit our office, your surgeon will be able to confirm if you have any impacted teeth from the x-ray. The wisdom teeth and the canine teeth have a high risk of being impacted. There are a few reasons you may need them removed. Read on to find out the process and the best treatment options available.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
These teeth are the last of your adult teeth to develop. If the arch is full, there is no space for them to erupt properly and it can lead to impaction. When there is overcrowding and tight spaces between teeth, it creates room for bacteria to breed. The good thing is that wisdom teeth extraction can safely be done in our dentist’s office.
Here is what you can expect from your impacted wisdom tooth removal procedure:
- It is done conveniently in the dental office, usually under an hour.
- General anesthesia or local anesthesia will be used so that you won’t feel any pain. This, however, will add to the overall cost of the tooth extraction.
- After, your oral surgeon will give you medication and ice to soothe any discomfort.
- You will need to eat soft foods for a few days until your mouth heals.
Impacted Canine Teeth
Sometimes referred to as the ‘sharp teeth,’ canines serve a very important role in our smile. They can become impacted when:
- Baby teeth don’t fall out soon enough.
- There is a lack of room on the dental arch.
- The tooth’s path is obstructed due to unusual growths.
The main goal is to get them to drop down in line with your other teeth. With early detection, your orthodontist and oral surgeon can work together to make this happen. The procedure is called ‘exposure and bracketing.’ The tooth is exposed, and a bracket is attached to be moved down with the other dentition.
As mentioned above, removal of impacted teeth is surgical. The good thing is, you may not have to get it removed! Your dentist may suggest you both wait and watch. The tooth may not cause any problems. If it has no signs, your dentist will want to monitor the area with regular check-ups for a few years.
Recovery From Tooth Extraction
Recovery is generally quick and easy! But it is vital that you follow the directions you receive from your doctor after your extraction. This will ensure the healing process goes smoothly. Here are 6 things you can do following your surgery:
- Use an ice pack near the area on your cheek after surgery to reduce swelling.
- Take your medications as prescribed, including over-the-counter.
- Consider taking three days to rest and relax. When you go home, do not jump into your regular routine.
- Avoid using straws or smoking, as it could dislodge the blood clot. You don’t want a dry socket!
- Maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing. Just be gentle.
- Eat soft foods like applesauce, jello, yogurt, and pudding the first few days after the surgery.
Removal With California Oral Surgery
We hope this information gives you peace of mind about your extractions. This simple procedure is sure to maintain the alignment and overall health of your smile. We are always here to answer any further questions or concerns you may have. Our facility is state-of-the-art, and we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!