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Removal of Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Find Out Everything You Should Know In This Guide

Wisdom teeth are usually the last ones to erupt. Four of them, wisdom teeth are usually two in each jaw.

Removal of your Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Find Out More in this Guide

Wisdom teeth are usually the last ones to erupt. Generally we have four of them, two on the lower jaw and two on the upper jaw. For most people, these teeth emerge when they reach the age of seventeen to twenty-five years. However, it not uncommon to develop your wisdom teeth outside this age bracket. When one or more of these teeth lack enough space to grow in normally, it becomes impacted. In this article, you will read a guide on impacted wisdom teeth.

 

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

It is a tooth that erupts partly or doesn’t erupt at all. When a tooth erupts partially, it means that a half of the tooth structure stays hidden in the jawbone. It is normally called a partial bony impaction. If the whole tooth doesn’t erupt, a complete bony impaction, it remains covered by the jawbone. Some impacted teeth can only be treated via surgery due to being complicated because of its proximity to other anatomy in the jawbone. To learn the current condition of your impacted wisdom teeth, visit a your dentist who will take an x-ray to best evaluate your situation and what to do next.

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Why do we develop impacted wisdom teeth?

The main reason why this teeth problem occurs is lack of enough jaw space behind the second molar. As well, if the rest of the teeth are misaligned, the wisdom teeth might never erupt or might erupt partially. While wisdom teeth are four (upper right and left and lower right and left), some people may have all of them while others may have just one or two. About twenty-five percent of people are estimated to lack one or more wisdom teeth. While it is not generally understood why lack of space exists, there seems to be a connection between having big tooth size and/or tooth crowding and having impacted wisdom teeth.

There are researchers who blame the incidence of third molar impaction on dietary changes in the modern society. When the modern man’s diet is compared to the stone-age man’s diet, it’s concluded that the latter’s required more chewing muscle activity. This muscle activity is believed to have aroused better jawbone growth, hence providing adequate space for wisdom teeth eruption. It is also assumed that because the early man ate coarse food that had the effect of generating extensive tooth damage and loss, teeth shifted forward leaving enough space for wisdom teeth to erupt. As you can see, it’s not extremely clear why wisdom teeth develop.

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Who is affected by impacted wisdom teeth?

Any human being can have impacted teeth that can cause spontaneous pain. If the following three factors are present, chances are that your wisdom teeth will not grow properly. First, if your jaw bone lacks enough space for the wisdom teeth to erupt, then they won’t. Second, in case other teeth in your mouth blocks your wisdom tooth’s eruption path, it might fail to grow properly. Lastly, if the impacted tooth is angled or positioned improperly, it might fail to erupt or erupt partially. There are various types of impacted teeth positions: distal, mesial, vertical, horizontal, bony and soft tissue. The only way to know which of these impactions affect you is to see a dental specialist at URBN Dental to best decide the treatment needed for these specific situations.

Mesial means that your wisdom tooth points forward toward the front of your mouth and it is rather common. Vertical impactions tend to have a pretty normal orientation while the horizontal/transverse impacted teeth lie on their side. A distal or disto-angular impaction has a positioning that is often directed to the rear of the mouth. This is the most difficult tooth to remove while the vertical one is the easiest.

Fully-bony impactions are also called hard tissue impactions and refer to when a tooth lies mainly in the jawbone. This means that the tooth is totally enclosed by the bone tissue. If it’s a partial-bony tooth, it means that part of it is visible and the rest is hidden. A soft tissue impaction is the kind where the tooth’s crown has penetrated via the bone but has not totally erupted via your gum tissue. Fully-bony and partial-bony impactions are the hardest to treat and surgery is involved.

How do you treat impacted wisdom teeth?

If your dentist or oral surgeon asks you to remove your impacted wisdom tooth it should be considered due to possible infections and dental issues that may arise. This tooth can cause pain and if the tooth is partially erupted or fully erupted it could be hard to keep clean which means that plaque can accumulate beneath it over time and cause cavities, dental pain, and dental infections. This is particularly true for people with misaligned or mal-positioned teeth, partially erupted teeth or wanting teeth brushing habits. If there is a mass of plaque that is hard to remove, it will eventually lead to gum disease and tooth decay. There is imminent danger for the neighboring tooth as well, as it can decay and be subjected to removal.

The best way to treat impacted wisdom teeth is to remove them completely. As aforementioned, the ease of removal is this order: vertical, mesial, horizontal and distal impactions. The right thing to do right now is to head to URBN Dental and find out whether you have impacted teeth that are easier or harder to remove. If you will undergo dental surgery to remove teeth that are embedded to the jaw bone, you can have the option of having the procedure under local anesthetic, oral sedation, or general anesthesia. But for simpler wisdom tooth extractions, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. After the surgical extraction process, the socket area is often treated to promote healing and further post op instructions will be given to you.

Then you will be asked to bite down on medicated gauze to reduce and end bleeding. It goes without saying that eating hard food or drinking sugary stuff is bad. You also need to rest to allow a blood clot to form in your socket as this mark the beginning of the healing process.

 

What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?

There are usually valid reasons or signs that you need to extract or treat your impacted wisdom teeth. You might not even know you have this problem until dental x-rays reveal it. All in all, here are a few reasons why you should seek treatment:

  • You have an infection of the gum— periodontal disease or gingivitis
  • Your tooth is decayed and it hurts
  • You have pericoronitis
  • You have tumors or cysts
  • The dental specialist sees the risk of damage to your adjacent teeth
  • You suffer from headaches, chronic pain or pressure
  • Due to poor tooth alignment, you have developed some complications.

By having regular dental checkups, the above-mentioned symptoms can be found via X-rays and observation.

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MOHSSINE RHAZI
22:18 07 Oct 19
I would like to extend my deepest thanks and pride for an excellent service I received today from the best staff Dr. Brigitte, Angela, Melissa, and Maria. I would recommend this office and its excellent staff to anyone Looking for an excellent dentist.God bless
Kunzal Ahmed
Kunzal Ahmed
15:28 17 Sep 19
They took care of me like I was their child 😭 Follow and everything! They’re so easy to talk to and theirs no judgment from them whatsoever! I can finally say I have found my dentist ❤️
Angelina Lewis
Angelina Lewis
12:58 17 Sep 19
I am so happy I found URBN Dental. In 27 years I had never been shown the correct way to floss. Crazy, I know! They have an outstanding attention to detail and making sure patients are provided with proper and accurate dental hygiene knowledge. Honestly the best cleaning I’ve ever had!!
Daniela Garza
Daniela Garza
19:33 09 Jul 19
Loved the service and the in-depth personalized advice they give you! The staff is great and very knowledgeable. The location and atmosphere is modern and state of the art! Loved it 👍
Elva Koehn
Elva Koehn
22:11 17 Jun 19
I went in after having procrastinated for years because of my dental phobia. From the moment I walked in to their office, I felt at ease. The dental assistant, hygienist and Dr. Bridget made me feel so at ease and explained everything they were doing, every step of the way. I’ve never had such a great dental experience, as I did today. Highly recommend.
Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service.Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
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Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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