Impacted Wisdom Teeth May Cause Complications
Wisdom teeth must be removed for many different reasons, but one of the main reasons they are removed is because they are impacted. Dr. Hudson sees many cases of impacted wisdom teeth and recommends that patients with impacted wisdom teeth schedule a consultation to discuss extraction.
What Does Impacted Mean?
When a wisdom tooth is said to be impacted, that means it is blocked from fully erupting through the gums. It is very common- with 85 percent of wisdom teeth being impacted. The wisdom teeth are not the only type of teeth that may become impacted, but it occurs less frequently with other types of teeth.
The level of impaction varies from patient to patient. Some patients have a soft-tissue impaction, in which the tooth has made it through the bone, but is still under the gum. Another type of impaction is when part of the tooth has erupted, but part of it still stuck in the jawbone. This is known as partial bony impaction. Finally, if the tooth has not erupted out of the jaw at all, it is known as a complete or total bony impaction.
Why are Impacted Wisdom Teeth a Problem?
Impacted wisdom teeth become a problem when they can pain or affect other teeth. When the tooth cannot erupt upwards as they are supposed to, they can push on nearby teeth. This puts pressure on those teeth and causes pain. This pressure can make the other teeth to shift to make room for the wisdom teeth that are trying to break through. This can impact your smile’s symmetry and make your teeth crooked.
Impacted wisdom teeth are also harder to clean than teeth that are fully erupted, which like the rest of your teeth, leads to decay. The wisdom teeth are so hard to keep clean because they are in a far back and often hard to reach position in the mouth. Decay is extremely difficult to treat in the wisdom teeth, and most dentists don’t recommend it. If decay is not treated, the patient runs the risk of developing infections. Infections of the wisdom teeth are serious- and can be hard to treat.
Is Surgery Recommended for Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Dr. Hudson recommends that impacted wisdom teeth are removed to limit the complications that they can cause- pain, impacts to the smile, infection, and decay.
If you suspect that your wisdom teeth may be impacted, call Dr. Hudson today at 888-724-7986.