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Impacted Teeth

Dental Implant Center of Rockville provides treatment for impacted teeth in Rockville, MD. Call 301-294-8700 to learn more and schedule your appointment. 

Impacted teeth either cannot erupt through the gum tissue at all or are only able to erupt partially. There are many possible reasons for this, with lack of space being the most common. Many young adults have wisdom teeth that are either fully or partially impacted, and children may have impacted cuspid (canine) teeth when their secondary teeth begin to erupt.

Extractions of impacted teeth are more complicated than standard tooth extraction procedures. With wisdom teeth, the impacted teeth must be removed. In order to do this, an incision is made into the gum tissue and some amount of bone may need to be removed from the jaw in order to fully access and extract the impacted tooth. 

Because oral surgery is required to extract impacted teeth, the recovery is longer than that of a simple extraction. Tenderness and swelling may continue for a week  and you should expect to take some time away from work and school to recover. 

Impacted canine teeth are often handled in conjunction with an orthodontist; if the primary teeth are still in place, they will be removed and if necessary, the secondary tooth will be surgically exposed, allowing for an orthodontic bracket to be attached so the tooth can be pulled up or down.

Frequently Asked Questions About Impacted Teeth

Are impacted teeth dangerous?

Impacted teeth can cause many complications, ranging from the formation of cysts, damage to adjacent teeth, infection of the tooth, gums, jaw bones and pain. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get prompt treatment.

Can an impacted wisdom tooth kill you?

While an impacted wisdom tooth itself cannot kill you, if your wisdom tooth or the tissue surrounding it becomes infected, this infection can easily travel to other parts of the body or enter the bloodstream. Any untreated infection can be fatal.

Does impacted tooth surgery hurt?

Most patients prefer to be asleep for extraction of impacted teeth. This is accomplished with an IV in the arm through which you will receive medications that make you go to sleep pleasantly. You will also be given local anesthetic so you will not be in any pain on awakening.  After the procedure, you will continue to be numb for many hours and if you follow instructions and take your pain medications as advised before numbing medications wear off, you should experience minimal discomfort post surgery. We will prescribe pain medication (mild and strong) to help you manage this discomfort.

How long does impacted tooth surgery take?

You can expect your surgery to take between 30 to 90 minutes, on average, depending on how many teeth are impacted and whether they are fully impacted or partially impacted.

Are you awake for wisdom teeth removal?

Recovering from your oral surgery will take a week or two depending on your age as well a level of impaction, but your gums and jaw may take a few months to completely heal.

How long does it take for impacted wisdom teeth to heal?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, it’s often a good idea to use sedation or opt for general anesthesia during the extraction procedure. While local anesthetic injections will ensure that you do not experience any pain, it can still be an uncomfortable experience for patients even without the pain simply because of the sounds of the drill or the separation of the bone from the tooth with Osteotomes. All of this creates more anxiety.   If this describes you, let us know prior to your surgery and we can arrange for IV sedation or general anesthesia. IV sedation is not the same as general anesthesia, as you are conscious, but you will feel as if you are sleeping and you will have no memory of the procedure. If you opt for general anesthesia, you will be completely asleep. Most healthy patients opt for general anesthesia as recovery is faster with general anesthesia. 

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