Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth often erupt in the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people will eventually need to have these teeth removed because they do not fit properly in the mouth. When the teeth have inadequate space to come in, this can lead to a number of dental problems such as broken or cracked surrounding teeth, infection and severe dental pain. In more severe cases, the impacted wisdom teeth that are unable to surface correctly can develop cysts and tumors.
Why You Need to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed
Before the procedure can be done, our dental team will take x-rays to determine if surgery is the best option for you. Here are a few reasons for why you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed:
- The wisdom teeth are impacted and will not come through the gums naturally
- The wisdom teeth are causing, or eventually will cause problems to adjacent teeth
- The wisdom teeth are partially erupted and are developing infections and causing pain
- You are experiencing pain due to impacted wisdom teeth
- The impacted or erupted wisdom teeth are causing minor or severe tooth crowding
Types of Surgeries and Impactions
Not all wisdom tooth surgeries are the same. Because of this, Dr. Cohen will need to determine where the wisdom tooth is and how impacted it happens to be before surgery can be scheduled. There are several types of impactions, with the most common being a soft tissue impaction. This happens when the wisdom tooth is nowhere near the jaw bone but is still covered by the gums. Partial bony impactions occur when a wisdom tooth is mostly out of the bone, but its roots are still embedded deep into the jaw bone. The final and most complex of all impactions is a complete bony impaction, which is when the entire wisdom tooth is encased by bone.
What to Expect
Depending on the specific type of impaction that is present, Dr. Cohen will be able to perform the procedure in his office, allowing you to go home the same day. Local anesthesia can be helpful for relatively non-complex impactions, but more severe impactions (such as a complete bony impaction) will require more advanced surgical techniques and general anesthetic. Our dental team will prepare you for wisdom tooth surgery and the care afterwards to help to feel your best.