Most of us don’t have enough room in our mouths for all of our adult teeth to grow properly.
A lot of the time, this can lead to an impacted tooth. If unaddressed, this can put us at risk for many oral problems.
What Is an Impacted Tooth?
An impacted or unerupted tooth is simply a tooth that hasn’t fully passed through the gum tissue into the dental arch within the expected time frame. Usually, this is because of a lack of space in the mouth for the tooth to fully erupt.
This problem is not uncommon. In fact, dental patients frequently develop problems with impacted teeth. Most typically being the wisdom teeth.
Some other commonly impacted teeth are the maxillary cuspids (otherwise known as “Canines”), posterior molar teeth, bicuspid teeth, and the lower jaw cuspids. In all cases, a tooth extraction by an oral surgeon would be recommended.
Symptoms of an Impacted Tooth
Some who have impacted teeth will show no symptoms, while others may have obvious symptoms. Some common signs are:
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Jaw pain
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Swelling around the jaw
- Bad breath
Why Should I Remove an Impacted Tooth?
It’s harmful for impacted wisdom teeth or other impacted adult teeth to remain that way.
The longer the tooth stays trapped, the greater the risk of developing complications that threaten your oral and overall health.
Not only can impacted teeth cause you to develop painful infections but they can also cause other problems such as:
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) issues such as clicking in the jaw
- Trouble opening your mouth
- Increased risk of abscess
- Poor alignment of teeth
- Tooth fusing with the bone
Tooth extraction is a very straightforward surgical procedure. Here At Vallejo Oral Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing state-of-the-art oral and maxillofacial surgery with a personal touch.
Our staff and excellent team of oral surgeons will treat you like family as we do our utmost to make your visit as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
What To Expect
On the day of your procedure, our kind and caring staff will guide you to one of our operating rooms. You will then be gently put under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or possibly general anesthesia by one of our expert oral surgeons.
Once you are relaxed or asleep, your surgeon will then extract the impacted tooth by exposing it from under the gum tissue and removing it from under the bone.
After the procedure, you will be given post-operative instructions with an emphasis on maintaining good oral hygiene after surgery.
Depending on what kind of sedation or anesthesia method you used, you might be required to have a close friend or family member drive you home.
At Home Care
To help move the healing process along, give yourself 24- hours to recuperate. During this time, you might experience slight pain as the anesthesia wears off. Swelling and slight bleeding are normal.
The hole (tooth socket) that was left in your mouth during the extraction will form a blood clot.
Be careful to protect the area until it heals. Dislodging it can cause what’s called ‘dry socket’, which can be painful.
To avoid irritating the area, a soft and bland food diet such as yogurt, pudding, and applesauce is recommended at first. Make sure to avoid sharp food items such as crackers or chips.
Avoid drinking through a straw, rinsing vigorously, and consuming any hot liquids. You may resume a normal diet 1-2 weeks after the extraction.
If you are experiencing a great amount of pain and heavy bleeding four hours after having your tooth extracted, contact your surgeon. You should also call if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Fever or signs of infection
- Cough, chest pain, shortness of breath
- Excessive discharge from the site of surgery
The earlier we can help you solve the problem of tooth impaction the sooner we can get you back to your happy and healthy smile.
If you have further questions, please call our office today to schedule a consultation or schedule your appointment online.
Impacted Tooth Removal FAQ
Does impacted tooth surgery hurt?
Before your procedure, your surgeon will consult you about the different treatment options of anesthetic and sedation so that your extraction will be pain-free.
How long does the surgery take?
Typically, wisdom tooth removal and an impacted canine surgery can each take 45-90 Minutes.
How long is impacted tooth surgery recovery?
You can expect to be fully healed in about 1-2 weeks.
How much does it cost?
On average the cost of the procedure is $200-$600 per tooth. We accept several insurance plans. For those without insurance, we offer CareCredit with affordable interest rates.
Call the office to speak with a team member if you have any questions regarding insurance or payments.