Dentist near Toluca Lake discusses impacted wisdom teeth extractions
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, located at the very back of the mouth. While these molars erupt without incident for some, for others, there simply isn’t enough room in the mouth for these teeth. When there isn’t room for the wisdom teeth, they can become impacted and require extraction.
While some patients have no symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, others may end up with a host of problems, including pain and shifting or damage to other teeth. For most patients, extraction is the best option for impacted wisdom teeth. Even for patients who are asymptomatic, removal of impacted wisdom teeth can help prevent future damage.
The most common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Localized pain
- Red, bleeding, or swelling gums
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation.
Types of impacted wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth can become impacted in multiple ways including:
- Teeth emerge partially
- Below the gum
- At an angle toward second molars
- Sideways in the jawbone
If impacted wisdom teeth are left alone, they can become susceptible to infection, decay, or gum disease. Removal of impacted wisdom teeth can be done with local anesthetic and light sedation. Afterward, patients are sent home with after-care instructions. Following these instructions is important to support proper healing. Swelling, mild bruising, and soreness can be common for the first couple of days. Patients are encouraged to eat soft foods for a few days. Ice packs and over the counter pain relievers can help with any discomfort.
If you feel you may need an evaluation for impacted wisdom teeth, call us at (818) 593-0700 to schedule a visit with our team.