Impacted Teeth

What Is A Buried Tooth?

Impacted teeth are the teeth that cannot come out where they should be in the mouth and remain under the jawbone. Although it is known that wisdom teeth are generally impacted, canines, premolars and lateral incisors can also get impacted.

Mostly, the jawbone cant develop adequately after the early loss of milk teeth, and in this case, a narrow place remains for the teeth coming from below. Thus, the tooth cannot come to the surface and remains buried underneath.

As a result of the slipping of the adjacent teeth into the cavity after the premature loss of the primary tooth, the tooth coming from below cannot find a place and may remain embedded. If the cavities formed at the interface of the primary teeth during growth and development are not treated, the distance that the permanent permanent tooth will cover in the mouth will not be fully preserved. In this case, the permanent tooth is either crooked in the jaw or remains impacted.

If the jaw is anatomically wide and narrower than the sum of the widths of the permanent teeth coming from below, the teeth cannot fit into the oral environment during alignment, causing some teeth to remain impacted or crowding.

When should impacted teeth be extracted?

Depending on the location and position of the impacted tooth, if it does not cause any infection, cyst or pressure on the neighboring teeth it may remain within the mouth. It is safe to leave them until the doctor recommends an extraction.

Semi-impacted wisdom teeth can cause bad odor in the mouth because of the challenge it causes when cleaning. Semi-impacted teeth should be removed if they affect the person’s general oral health. Common side effects of leaving a semi-impacted teeth unextracted are: potential for infection, pain, swelling, swelling in lymph nodes, limitation of mouth opening due to food residues and plaque accumulating around them. Fully impacted wisdom teeth may compress and damage the adjacent second molars, and cysts may form around some of them. In these cases, it should be withdrawn.

In case the teeth need to be moved completely backwards during orthodontic treatment impacted and semi-impacted wisdom teeth might need to get extracted.

post treatement care

Your doctor will provide post-op information.

  • Do not touch the wound
  • Smoking may increase bleeding, it should not be used for the first 24 hours.
  • For the first 24 hours, chewing should not be done from the side where the tooth was extracted.
  • After the first 24 hours, it is recommended to gargle with salt water at 2 hour intervals.
  • For bleeding control, if sutured; Tampon should be applied for half an hour with sterile gauze.
  • After tooth extraction, cold pad should be applied to the operated area. 
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