Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are a set of molars that are necessarily needed for natural dental development. They are so called “wisdom teeth” because of how late they erupt in a person’s lifetime. However, due to their late appearance, many patients already have their smile fully developed. The addition of the wisdom teeth often results in what’s known as an “impacted wisdom tooth”. Take a look below to learn more.
What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
An impacted wisdom tooth is when the tooth itself is rutted against the back molars in your mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth not only put undue pressure on these back teeth, but can also be tricky near the inferior alveolar nerve, a large nerve that runs through the jaw. Many cases of impacted wisdom teeth have been complicated by the positioning of the wisdom tooth and what occupies the space around it.
An impacted wisdom tooth can feel painful as it presses against its neighbor, and can lead to crowding the teeth forward, with overlapping or misaligned teeth. A misaligned smile can spell even more trouble, as your natural bite pressure changes and your teeth begin to grind against each other more forcefully. The best way to alleviate the pain, or even prevent the above from occurring, is to have them removed.
Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Not all impacted wisdom teeth are the same. Patients can experience all sorts of wisdom tooth positioning and risks, and we’ve listed the most common ones here:
- Mesial: This position is when the crown (top) of the wisdom tooth is angled towards the front of the mouth, and is pressed against the neighboring tooth.
- Distal: This position is the opposite of mesial, where the crown of the wisdom tooth is angled towards the back of the mouth, with the roots pressing against the neighboring tooth.
- Vertical: The wisdom tooth is positioned completely up and down, and is commonly still underneath the gums. It’s possible for the wisdom tooth to erupt like this.
- Horizontal: As the name suggests the wisdom is lying on it’s side in the mouth. Typically, in this position the crown of the wisdom tooth is pressed against the root of the adjacent tooth.
- Soft-tissue: A soft-tissue impaction is when the wisdom tooth becomes trapped beneath the gum tissue in the mouth. In other cases, only the crown has erupted, but not fully, leaving a good portion of the tissue stuck under the gums.
- Bony: A bony impaction is when the wisdom tooth is completely trapped within the jawbone. Dr. Chaudhry will determine if an extraction is necessary at this point, especially if the tooth is not disturbing the neighboring ones.
Wisdom Tooth Removal with Dr. Chaudhry
When impacted wisdom teeth are putting pressure on neighboring teeth and causing you pain and soreness, the best course of action is to get them removed. A majority of adults do not need these teeth for happy, healthy smiles, so removing them will leave little to no impact on your smile.
Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry and our team are highly experienced in the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. We take comprehensive diagnostics of your smile, analyzing the positions of your wisdom teeth in order to best determine how to extract them.
If you have been feeling any pain and soreness in the back of your jaw, or are already aware that you have impacted wisdom teeth, we encourage you to contact us right away to learn more about safe wisdom tooth removal. Dr. Chaudhry will be happy to answer your questions, analyze your case, and discuss your treatment options here in Bethlehem, PA. Also, be sure to be vigilant during the postoperative period following a wisdom teeth extraction, and follow the instructions: Wisdom Teeth Removal Aftercare.
Impacted wisdom teeth? Let Dr. Chaudhry help!