Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the gum ridges. They are often the last set of teeth to erupt, usually during the late teen years. Although wisdom teeth emerge like any other tooth without any hassle, they sometimes tend to get stuck in the jawbone due to some complications. A wisdom tooth removal would be necessary for such instances.
Why Does the Wisdom Tooth Get Impacted?
The most common cause of an impacted wisdom tooth is heredity. In individuals who have inherited their jawbone size from one parent and the tooth size from the other, the teeth may have a hard time erupting due to the smaller size of the socket. In some cases, impaction can occur due to the crowding of teeth, which leaves the wisdom teeth very little space to erupt. Sometimes, the orientation of the jawbone could also play a part.
What are the Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
- Severe risk of developing an infection near the impacted tooth if left untreated
- Pain and discomfort in the jawbone and impacted tooth, especially when you bite or chew food and brush the teeth
- Swelling, bleeding, and discharge of pus near the impacted tooth
- Damage to the adjoining teeth
- Jawbone deterioration
How is the Impacted Tooth Extracted?
At Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry, extracting an impacted tooth could be slightly more complicated than that of a regular tooth. We will first thoroughly assess the situation and determine whether or not it can be treated using medication. If not, we will prepare you for the extraction by cleaning the impacted tooth and administering local anesthesia to numb the oral tissues.
If the impacted tooth is entirely under the gums, we will have to make a small slit on it to expose it. The tooth could sometimes be impacted at an inclined angle, which could put the adjoining teeth at risk of damage during the extraction. We will take this into account as well while planning the extraction.
Once the local sedative takes effect, we will grip the tooth firmly using dental forceps and extract it. In some instances, we may have to section the tooth into smaller fragments before extracting each of them individually. After the tooth has been removed, we will cover the extraction site using a suture and suggest suitable medication to facilitate optimum healing.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry at Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.