Exposures of Impacted Teeth
If you have a tooth stuck below the gum line, either wholly or partially, the tooth is said to be impacted. Impaction can affect any tooth however, canines and wisdom teeth are the most vulnerable.
What is an impacted tooth?
Impacted tooth in dental terms is the tooth that is yet to come in. Impacted teeth are associated with pain and in most times have been recorded to cause damage to the roots and connective tissues surrounding it. An impacted tooth can be caused by several reasons. Some of the most common causes of an impacted tooth include curvature in the natural path of the tooth or blockage from baby teeth that are yet to fall out.
In some cases, the impacted tooth may be caused as a result of the genetic makeup of the individuals. It is also common for some people to have natural impacted teeth which is not associated with any painful feeling. For such people who however experience pain as a result of impacted teeth, the team of dental specialists at The Dental Specialty Center are available to attend to their needs.
Others who experience little to no pain as a result of an impacted tooth are also recommended to see a dentist in order to prevent possible future complications such as tooth damages and infections. In many cases, the baby teeth will have to be extracted from the gum by the dentist. Other procedures may, however, be recommended to ensure that the root ad tissue of the other teeth is not damaged or compromised.
Of all the impacted tooth cases registered with dentists, wisdom teeth remain one of the most common forms of impacted teeth. This is caused by the delay in the appearance of the teeth. Wisdom teeth are common to people around the ages of 16 to 25 and because the teeth take longer to surface, it may not come out properly thus causing pain.
More often than not, the development of the jaw bone may cause the change in the direction of the teeth thus causing it to tunnel it’s way away from the existing path.
How are the impacted teeth exposed?
When it comes to exposing an impacted tooth, our oral surgeon usually work closely your orthodontist. The exposure process begins by moving the adjacent teeth into position. The goal is to create room for exposing the impacted tooth.
Afterward, your oral surgeon will eliminate any bone or gum tissue that could be blocking the tooth. Once the tooth is exposed, the surgeon will attach a small chain to it. Using this chain, your orthodontist will guide the tooth gently into the desired position as it grows in.
Treatment options that can be adopted for impacted tooth include:
Cosmetic dentistry which can be adopted to improve the appearance of the teeth and also improve the setting. It is recommended that you speak to your dentist with regard to the cosmetic dentistry options you can explore.
Dental implants and restorations
This is a highly specialized dental procedure which is effective in changing your smile and improving your oral health. This is a minor procedure that can provide a permanent solution.
This can be adopted in the event you have lost your teeth or the impacted tooth has been extracted from the jaw bone.
If you think you may have an impacted tooth, contact The Dental Specialty Center at 877-422-6257 to schedule an appointment.
Is there any pain or discomfort during these procedures?
Impacted tooth exposure is performed with local or intravenous sedation. The procedure is simple and virtually painless. However, as expected of any other oral surgery procedure, you may experience some soreness afterward.
There’s typically very little swelling. Your oral surgeon may prescribe some pain medications to help manage the soreness. You don’t necessarily need to take antibiotics after the procedure.
Our dentist may ask you to return after a few weeks to evaluate the progress of the exposed tooth. It’s also important to schedule subsequent appointments for your on-going orthodontic care. You might also want to follow these tips to promote proper healing of the operated area:
- Drinks lots of fluids
- Eat soft foods for the first 24 hours
- Don’t consume hot foods or drinks before the anesthetic wears off
- Avoid crunchy foods for the first week
- Rinse your mouth with salt water at least three times a day for one week. Mouthwash is not recommended.
- To ease swelling, apply ice packs to your face while elevating your head
- To stop bleeding, apply firm pressure to the area for about 15 minutes with cotton rolls or gauze.
- Avoid engaging in strenuous activities on the day of surgery
If you have been advised to go through impacted tooth exposure, please get in touch our office today. We look forward to scheduling a consultation and discussing the most appropriate treatment plan for your situation.