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Impacted Wisdom Teeth


Humans develop a total of 32 adult teeth. 28 of these adult teeth erupt by around the age of 13. The last four, the third molars, do not erupt until your late teens or early 20s. More commonly known as the wisdom teeth, these last four molars are the teeth most likely become impacted, which can cause serious complications. Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA can help.

What Causes Impacted Wisdom Teeth?


There are many different issues that can cause your wisdom teeth to become impacted. These include:
•  Not enough space in your jaw.
•  You have a growth in your jaw or gums that is blocking the path of the tooth.
•  Your wisdom teeth are growing at an angle or are growing sideways.

What are the Effects of Impacted Wisdom Teeth?


When your wisdom teeth are impacted, several problems can occur. Effects of impacted wisdom teeth include:
•  Overcrowding. Overcrowding can occur if there is not enough space in your jaw to accommodate your wisdom teeth. As the teeth erupt, they put pressure on your adjacent teeth, which can force them out of alignment. This can cause your other teeth to gradually begin to shift out of alignment, altering your bite and your smile.
•  Pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is a localized infection that can develop as a result of a partially erupted. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. As a result, bacteria can accumulate, causing the infection.
•  Cysts. Cysts are fluid or semi-fluid filled sacs that form as a result of an infection or simply because of impacted teeth. They only grow larger over time and can cause bone loss. If the cyst is very large at the time of removal, a bone graft may be required to restore missing mass and preserve the integrity of your jaw.
•  Damage to other teeth. If your wisdom teeth are growing toward your other teeth, they can eventually make contact, which can lead to cracks below the gumline and other damage.

Diagnosing Impacted Wisdom Teeth


One of the most common indications of impacted wisdom teeth is a pain at the back of the jaw. You might find it difficult to bite and chew. Moving your mouth at all can become painful. You may also notice swelling in your jaw or a chronic bad taste. When these symptoms appear, it is important to schedule an appointment right away.

During your appointment, we perform a thorough examination of your mouth, checking for signs of redness, swelling, and partially erupted teeth. We also take x-rays of your mouth. These images will enable us to see the position of your wisdom teeth, the presence of cysts, and any damage to your jawbone or other teeth. Once we have diagnosed impacted wisdom teeth, we can then provide you with treatment.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction


Impacted wisdom teeth are extracted using a surgical extraction. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided to ensure optimal comfort. Small incisions are made in your gums to expose the teeth and surrounding bone. We then work to remove the impacted teeth. This might require removing a small portion of bone or cutting the teeth and removing them in sections. Once the wisdom teeth have been completely removed, we clean the sockets and suture the surgical wounds closed.

Extracted impacted wisdom teeth can help to stop pain and restore your quality of life. Moreover, impacted wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced. If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are impacted, call Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA at (907) 802-4519 to schedule your appointment today.
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