Impacted teeth are those, who for various reasons, do not erupt. Of all teeth, the third molars are the most common, and will require surgical removal. The third molars, otherwise known as the wisdom teeth, are unable to erupt when they have enough space to get out. These are the last of your teeth to appear in the mouth, generally appearing between 17 to 21 years of age. Sometimes they are too big for a small mouth or are oriented in the wrong direction. So, when trying to erupt, they may move other teeth or cause serious problems, which could require Oral Surgery in Casa Grande, AZ.
The wisdom teeth may erupt partially, only allowing dentists to see a small portion of the dental crown. This can cause gum disease, which facilitates in the accumulation of bacteria and food under the gum, partially covering or causing repeated infections (pericoronitis). If this becomes trapped below the gum and into the bone, it can develop into cavities or bone erosions, forming cysts or tumours that can destroy bone, and even the adjacent teeth.
Wisdom teeth can be considered harmful, and therefore its removal will be indicated if causes the following symptoms and signs are evident:
1. Pain or pressure in the gums or jawbone.
2. Unpleasant taste sensation when chewing or biting.
3. Bad breath.
4. Redness and/or swelling of your gums.
5. Difficulty opening your mouth.
6. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or behind the ear.
7. Continuous headaches, ear pain or unexplained dental issues.
8. Cavities may be present.
9. Gum disease or periodontal disease.
10. Displacement of other teeth may have been caused.
During the oral examination, the dentist may see the following signs:
1. Increased volume in the area where the tooth has not erupted.
2. Partial eruption of the third molar.
3. The third molar can be attached to the second molar, causing a pressing motion. At this point, Oral Surgery in Casa Grande, AZ is very important.
4. The gum around the tooth may have signs of infection (enlargement, redness, and pus accumulation).
All people, aged 16 to 19 years, should consult your surgeon to evaluate these teeth. If they are to be extracted, it is preferable to do so before age 20, when few complications usually occur. For more information on oral surgery, or other dental issues, contact the dental office of Robert Hankel and Chris Ehrbright D.D.S. today.