For some, growing wisdom teeth is a ball in the park. For others, it can be an uncomfortable experience. While it’s normal to feel some pain and soreness as a wisdom tooth comes in, continuous pain may mean you have an impacted tooth and require an extraction. At Ardas Family Dental in Parker, CO, Dr. Roopi Kattaura provides safe and effective wisdom tooth extractions. But first, let’s take a look at what it means to have an impacted wisdom tooth.
What Is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
Wisdom teeth typically grow in the 17-25 age years, emerging in the upper and lower back areas of the mouth. If a wisdom tooth can’t break through the gums or is stuck under the gums, this means your tooth is impacted. A wisdom tooth that grows in the wrong angle due to lack of room in the mouth also is impacted. Some wisdom teeth, known as partially impacted teeth, only slightly emerge in the gums. When food is trapped under the gum flap or operculum of a partially inflamed tooth, you risk a potentially dangerous health condition called pericoronitis.
Some impacted teeth may never need removal because they don’t have any dental problems. Others lead to serious infections like pericoronitis if not treated right away. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact Dr. Kattaura at Ardas Family Dental in Parker, Co immediately for an appointment:
Trouble opening the jaw
At Ardas Family Dental, we value making our patients feel safe and comfortable during all procedures. This includes extractions for impacted wisdom teeth. Dr. Kattaura will determine your full range of options including extraction site preservation and operculum cleaning before extraction takes place.