Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When wisdom teeth get trapped under the gums they can inflict pain, and damage your other teeth.
Not only do impacted wisdom teeth cause serious complications, but they often require advanced techniques to remove safely.
Our board-certified oral surgeon at Hopkin Oral Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT, has the advanced training needed for these situations...
What Does "Impacted Wisdom Tooth" Actually Mean?
Wisdom teeth typically emerge when patients are in their late teens or early twenties. In many cases, the third molars fail to erupt and become trapped. If the tooth partially emerges, it is said to be partially impacted. When the third molar cannot emerge at all, it is said to be fully impacted.
Different Ways a Tooth Can become Impacted
Extraction Can Protect Your Oral Health
Dr. Hopkin is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, meaning he has the necessary training and experience to handle even the most complex cases. He employs advanced technology, such as 3D imaging, which allows for more sophisticated insight than traditional x-rays. He is also experienced with dental sedation, so patients have nothing to fear during wisdom tooth surgery.
Extractions are typically covered by insurance, but our office also accepts CareCredit® financing and in-house payment plans. To schedule your or your child's examination, contact our Salt Lake City, UT, office online or give us a call.
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What Happens If I Put Treatment Off? Possible Complications
Many young patients are surprised to learn that wisdom teeth can cause teeth crowding. If your child recently underwent orthodontic treatment, the cosmetic benefits are at risk of being undone if there is not adequate room for their third molars to emerge.
As a wisdom tooth tries to erupt, it may push against the neighboring second molar. This pressure has the potential to cause root resorption of the adjacent molars, increasing the risk of additional tooth loss.
A partially impacted wisdom tooth is at a higher risk for tooth decay and cavities. Wisdom teeth are harder to clean, so food and bacteria can more easily become trapped in the gums surrounding these teeth.
Periodontal InfectionsPartially impacted third molars place the patient at a higher risk for developing gum disease.
A small sack filled with fluid, called a cyst, can form around an impacted wisdom tooth and damage the jawbone, other teeth, and nerves.