Have you heard of wisdom teeth - the last set of teeth to erupt? They often emerge when an individual is in their late stages of teenage and can be found at the back of the jaw ridges. Although wisdom teeth erupt without causing any trouble in most cases, they sometimes tend to get stuck in the socket just as they start to erupt. Such teeth are called impacted wisdom teeth and can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
Why do wisdom teeth get impacted?
The exact cause of impaction is unknown. It could be due to a malformed jawbone, obstruction from the gum tissues, smaller socket, etc. Depending on how much the tooth erupts, the impaction can be classified as follows:
Soft tissue impaction: Almost the entire wisdom tooth remains under the gums. Such a condition can be highly painful and give rise to an infection.
Partial impaction: A part of the tooth would have emerged out of the socket, and the rest of it would be under the gum line.
Complete bony impaction: Most of the tooth would have erupted but would cause severe pain, swelling, and discomfort.
Why is impacted teeth removal crucial?
An impacted tooth would make it very difficult to bite and chew food. Not all four wisdom teeth get impacted at a time. In most cases, one or two of the wisdom teeth tend to get impacted, which would cause pain, swelling, the release of pus, etc. Even the simplest of oral activities like brushing the teeth could seem extremely painful, which is why we recommend removing them.
Wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth would be extracted just like any other tooth, but with slightly more caution. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the tooth and surrounding soft tissues. If the tooth is partially or entirely under the gum line, a slit will be made on the gums to expose the tooth and then extracted. If it is complicated to extract the tooth in one go, it may have to be sectioned into smaller fragments before being removed.
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