Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal in San Diego, CA
Center for Oral and Facial Surgery: Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The Center for Oral and Facial Surgery specializes in impacted wisdom teeth removal in San Diego, CA and El Cajon, CA. Wisdom teeth are the last four of your teeth to erupt, generally appearing between the ages of 17 and 25. However, if there is not enough room for one or more of these teeth to emerge normally, they are considered impacted. These teeth can twist, tilt, or become displaced as they attempt to surface. The dental professionals at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth as well as remove partially- or fully-impacted wisdom teeth. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
Defining Impacted Wisdom Teeth
As the third set of molars, wisdom teeth are the last to emerge in the back of one’s mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two on the top row and two on the bottom. Unfortunately, they do not emerge normally for many individuals. Due to a lack of space in the mouth or a tooth coming in at the wrong angle, wisdom teeth can be impacted. They either get stuck beneath the gum or only partially break through it. While some people may never experience problems, others will have significant issues. Impacted wisdom teeth can trap food, plaque, and debris in their surrounding soft tissue, ultimately causing swelling, cavities, gum tenderness, and halitosis. Even worse, they can cause pain and damage to other teeth.
Types of Wisdom Teeth Impaction
There are varying degrees and types of wisdom teeth impaction. If you experience impacted wisdom teeth pain, schedule a consultation at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in San Diego. Our team of dental experts can determine if removing impacted wisdom teeth is an appropriate course of action. We will take an x-ray of your jaws and mouth to assess whether your wisdom teeth are impacted if they have room to erupt, and how difficult removal would be. There is no way to prevent an impaction, but regular checkups with your dentist allow the monitoring of growth and the emergence of wisdom teeth. The types of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Soft Tissue Impaction – This occurs when the crown of the wisdom tooth penetrates through the bone but is still partially covered by the gum. In this scenario, there is not sufficient room for the gum tissue to retract and allow adequate tooth cleaning.
- Partial Bony Impaction – This type of impaction involves the tooth partially erupting but with a portion still submerged in the jawbone. This, too, creates cleaning problems. Furthermore, it impairs functionality in the chewing process.
- Complete Bony Impaction – This happens when there is no space for a tooth to erupt and the jawbone completely encases it.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Some individuals show no signs of impacted wisdom teeth. However, when an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, damages surrounding teeth, or causes other oral problems, a litany of symptoms are possible. Impacted wisdom teeth pain is among the first signs and symptoms one may experience. Others include:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Swelling around the jaw
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in one’s mouth
- Difficulty opening one’s mouth
- Jaw stiffness
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, contact the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in San Diego or El Cajon, CA. If impacted wisdom teeth cause infections that go untreated, they can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In extreme cases, they can even cause cysts and tumors.
Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth in San Diego, CA
Our dental professionals at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery are experts at removing impacted wisdom teeth. While surgery can sound scary, wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure and typically less painful than the impaction. Our team will numb your mouth during the extraction so that you do not feel a thing. During the healing process, you will have specific instructions regarding how to care for your mouth in the immediate aftermath of surgery. After your mouth heals, you will be able to return to your regular oral hygiene routine.
Contact the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery Today
It is not uncommon for someone to experience impacted wisdom teeth. They are the final four teeth to erupt, and there may not be space in one’s mouth for them. If that is the case for you, rely on the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in San Diego or El Cajon, CA to perform your impacted wisdom teeth removal. As the oldest and largest practice in the area, our team has extensive experience with such a procedure. We will carefully and painlessly remove your wisdom teeth and have you back to normal in no time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.