An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to significant pain, severe inflammation, and in some cases, even potentially dangerous infection. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it is vital that you see an oral surgeon or dentist right away to schedule an appointment. The sooner you address your impacted tooth, the better your recovery.
What Is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
A common question we hear from our patients regarding their diagnosis is, “What is an impacted tooth?” Essentially, this occurs when the wisdom teeth attempt to erupt through the gums but are blocked by other teeth. Things like the angle at which the wisdom tooth attempts to erupt from the gums and even the position of the surrounding teeth can help determine whether impaction is the most likely diagnosis. Essentially, when asking the question, “what’s an impacted tooth?” the simplest answer is a tooth that has failed to erupt through the gums during the expected timeframe.
We typically recommend impacted wisdom teeth removal in this case. Patients dealing with this condition often experience impacted wisdom tooth pain, which can become quite severe. Left untreated, impaction can lead to severe infections, as well.
Types of Wisdom Tooth Impaction
There are several different impacted wisdom tooth types, and these are referred to as “classifications”. Your impacted tooth will fall into one of these classifications, which will ultimately determine the type and complexity of the procedure needed to remove it. There are four classifications used to describe the position of the tooth.
- Mesial - This is the most common type of impacted tooth, and it simply means the tooth has angled forward toward the front of the mouth.
- Vertical - Vertical impactions occur when the orientation of the tooth is almost normal, but the tooth still struggles to erupt.
- Horizontal - A horizontal impaction occurs when the orientation of the tooth is horizontal, or almost completely sideways.
- Distal - Finally, with a distal impaction, the tooth is angled toward the very back of the mouth.
An impacted tooth may also be classified as a soft tissue or bony impaction. A soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth (the very top of the impacted tooth) has penetrated through the bone, but not the gums. Conversely, a bony impaction occurs when the tooth cannot erupt through the jawbone. Bony impactions may be full or partial; a full bony impaction occurs when the tooth is fully encased in bone, and a partial bony impaction occurs when the tooth has partially erupted from the bone. Impacted wisdom tooth pain is possible with each classification.
Is My Wisdom Tooth Impacted?
If you believe you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it is important for you to contact us right away to schedule a consultation. Impacted teeth do not always require extraction, but in the case if impacted wisdom teeth, extraction is typically recommended to prevent infection and damage to nearby teeth. Though there are signs and symptoms indicative of impaction, the only surefire way to prove this diagnosis is with an x-ray. Otherwise, you may experience tenderness, pain, inflammation, and redness in the area of the impaction. Not everyone experiences all these symptoms.
Removal of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If we determine that impacted wisdom teeth removal is required in your case, the procedure itself is relatively commonplace. You will receive local and IV anesthesia before your impacted wisdom tooth extraction to help prevent pain and relieve your anxiety. Having impacted wisdom teeth removed takes an hour or less depending on the method of extraction. We may be able to remove the entire tooth through a single incision, but in some cases, we may have to remove it piece-by-piece.
impacted wisdom teeth out can be nerve-wracking, particularly when it comes to
concerns about pain or costs. The surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth
typically costs about $400 per tooth, and impacted wisdom teeth removal cost
can fluctuate based on your unique situation. Recovery after impacted tooth
surgery takes roughly two weeks, and Summit Heights Dental will help you manage
your pain with medications and self-care tips. If you are experiencing signs
that point to an impacted tooth, contact us right away. We can schedule a
consultation and impacted tooth extraction right away if necessary.