An impacted tooth occurs when it is unable to emerge from under the skin of the gums. There are several reasons behind an impacted tooth. Some people will have no symptoms of the tooth, while others will experience a variety of symptoms.
The severity of the problems you face from an impacted tooth can help determine the type of treatment for it.
There are three basic options for treating an impacted tooth. The decision on what type of treatment is something that a dental professional can help with. Our professionals can use x-rays and other methods to determine what the impacted tooth is doing and what it can do in the future. This can help you decide what treatment option is the best.
Waiting - The first option is to wait. If there are no symptoms because of the impacted tooth, it is possible to monitor it to see if any problems develop or if it resolves itself. The key to this is regular dental visits.
Surgery - If you experience problems, including pain, swelling or some other symptoms, the best solution is often extraction of the tooth. This treatment is done as outpatient surgery and generally takes about 45 minutes. The recovery from this requires a day or two off from school your work and a total recovery time of 7 to 10 days.
Eruption Aids - Braces, brackets and other aids can help the tooth erupt through the skin. It is also possible to remove baby teeth that block the tooth from coming in. This type of treatment allows the tooth to grow normally and relieve any symptoms associated with the impacted tooth.
The one option that we do not recommend is to ignore it. The symptoms of an impacted tooth include pain, swelling, bleeding of the gums and infection. If left untreated, the infraction can spread to other teeth, the gums and to other parts of the body.
If you think you have an impacted tooth or have any other dental issues you want to talk about, contact the professionals at our offices today.