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Impacted Wisdom Teeth Escondido CA

Wisdom teeth are your last four molars that erupt when you are older, hence their name. They appear in pairs at the back of the lower and upper jaw for a complete dentition of 32 adult teeth. However, not every adult has wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth might erupt halfway or fail to come out due to inadequate space or impaction. Leaving impacted teeth untreated can cause several dental issues. Our dental surgeon at Robert J. Malone DDS can address your concerns with wisdom teeth extraction in Escondido.

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are back molars that come out awkwardly or fail to erupt altogether. Instead, they might emerge partially or remain stuck under the gum or jawbone.

The primary reason for wisdom teeth impaction is inadequate space. They become impacted because your mouth lacks enough room to accommodate all 32 teeth. They can also become impacted by obstructions from adjacent teeth or abnormal positioning of the erupting teeth.

Types of Wisdom Teeth Impaction

Dentists classify impacted wisdom teeth into four categories based on their position in the mouth. Horizontal impaction is when the wisdom tooth erupts on its side at a 90-degree angle, while vertical impaction occurs when the tooth remains stuck under the gums but is in the correct position. Mesial impaction is when the wisdom tooth emerges angled to the front molars, while distal impaction is when the wisdom tooth grows backward.

Signs and Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth might sometimes go unnoticed, especially if you maintain good oral hygiene. However, wisdom teeth that grow out of position or do not emerge fully can cause dental problems. They increase the likelihood of infection, gum disease, and tooth misalignment. They are also susceptible to tooth decay and cavities since they are difficult to brush.

Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth vary from one patient to the other. They depend on the severity of the impaction. You may develop an infection or notice swelling around the area. Sometimes, you may experience throbbing pain, or your gums might bleed when brushing your teeth. Some patients develop foul breath or notice a strange taste in their mouths. Other symptoms include headaches, pain when chewing, and abnormal sensitivity.

If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth might damage the adjacent teeth. The only practical option is to extract them. Our oral surgeon at Robert J. Malone DDS can help treat the problem with safe wisdom teeth removal in Escondido.

Candidates for Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal in Escondido

Not all wisdom teeth require extraction. Only patients with symptomatic impacted wisdom teeth might need to have them removed before symptoms escalate. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause periodontitis and other dental issues. If your impacted wisdom teeth cause bleeding, swelling, or discomfort, you may be an ideal candidate for tooth extraction. Infections, tooth decay, and cysts are other signs you need to talk to our dentist for wisdom teeth removal in Escondido. We will perform a comprehensive dental examination to determine if we should remove the problematic wisdom teeth.

What To Expect During Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal

Extracting impacted wisdom teeth might be straightforward or complex, depending on the angle of the teeth. Our dental surgeon at Robert J. Malone DDS will perform a panoramic x-ray of your teeth to determine if they require extraction. The scan results will show the position of the roots to help us know if it is safe to remove them without causing complications.

Depending on the type of impaction, we may recommend a simple extraction or a surgical procedure. A simple extraction is similar to any other tooth removal process. This option is only practical if the impacted wisdom tooth is visible and not under the gum. Our dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area and make you comfortable. We will then loosen the tooth with an elevator and pull it out with dental forceps.

We may have to pre-schedule the extraction if oral surgery is necessary. Surgical extraction is for impacted wisdom teeth trapped under the gum line. Adequate preparation is critical for a successful procedure. We may suggest you take antibiotics before and after the operation to reduce the likelihood of infection.

Before the procedure, our dental surgeon will administer anesthesia. However, the type of anesthesia used depends on the complexity of the extraction. We may use local anesthesia to numb the area, IV sedation to prevent pain, and general anesthesia to relax you and cause you to go to sleep during the operation.

Our oral surgeon will then incise the gum and pull out the impacted wisdom tooth. Sometimes, we may cut the tooth into pieces before removing it. We will then pack the site with cotton gauze to stop the bleeding. You may require stitches to seal the cut and allow the gum to heal.

Recovery and Aftercare

After impacted wisdom teeth extraction, we will prescribe pain medications to alleviate discomfort and antibiotics to prevent infections. In most cases, recovering from wisdom teeth removal does not last more than a couple of weeks. Healing all depends on the type of wisdom teeth impaction. Some people return to work or school within a few days, while others recover fully in less than two weeks.

Avoid strenuous activity for a few days and keep the extraction site clean to expedite recovery. Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash and take your prescribed medications to ensure faster healing. Also, do not probe the area with your tongue, and quit smoking until the gums heal fully. Drink water regularly to replenish lost blood and keep you hydrated. Remember to stick to soft foods until you can resume your regular diet.

Benefits of Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extraction

In most cases, impacted wisdom teeth extraction is inevitable. However, it comes with numerous benefits for your oral health. It prevents infection and tooth decay, guaranteeing that your teeth remain healthy. It also prevents damage to adjacent teeth, ensures less crowding, and keeps your jawbone intact.

Book an Appointment for Safe and Effective Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Escondido

At Robert J. Malone DDS, we offer safe and effective wisdom teeth removal in Escondido. Contact us at (760) 546-5557 to schedule a meeting with our oral surgeon for a dental examination and subsequent extraction.

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910 E. Ohio Ave #203
Escondido, CA 92025

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