Wisdom tooth impaction is a common dental problem that occurs when the third molars attempt to erupt through the gums. Wisdom teeth are the large chewing teeth found in the back of your mouth. Usually, the eruption takes places during the late teens or early twenties.
What is mean by an impacted wisdom tooth?
In dental terms, an impacted wisdom tooth refers to one that has failed to emerge into its expected position.
The failure to the eruption might occur due to several reasons including when
- There is not enough room on the jawline to accommodate the third molars
- They are not aligned properly, as the angulation of the tooth is improper
- The other teeth obstructs the tooth’s eruption path
A wisdom tooth may never fully erupt and gets trapped under the gum. This condition is referred to impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth is not only painful but also create several dental problems like dental decay, gum disease, the formation of a cyst, teeth crowding, teeth shifting, and damages to adjacent teeth. These are the primary reasons why most of the dental professionals suggest wisdom teeth removal in Sydney.
Impacted wisdom teeth symptoms
- Swelling and infection
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause swelling, pain, and infection and it should not be left untreated. As the impacted wisdom teeth can damage nearby teeth, gums, and bone, wisdom teeth removal Sydney is highly recommended.
If an impacted wisdom tooth is ignored, it becomes more difficult to remove, puts you at greater risk for complications from surgery, permanently damages bones and other teeth and increase the wisdom teeth removal cost Sydney. Moreover, the longer wisdom teeth pain persists, the more likely to cause infection. Oral infection is not good for your general health as well.
- Throbbing pain
Throbbing pain can be a sign of impacted wisdom teeth that occurs when a wisdom tooth is prevented from emerging by the other teeth or the jaw bone. Other signs that your wisdom teeth could be impacted include tenderness, jaw pain, redness, swelling of the gums around the tooth, and bad breath.
Though wisdom teeth pain is not always a sign that your wisdom teeth are impacted, the longer you wait, the more likely your wisdom teeth can become impacted.
Types of impaction
- Full-bony impaction
A wisdom tooth gets completely stuck in the jaw in this type of impaction, and it becomes is difficult to remove.
- Partial-bony impaction
In this type of impaction, a wisdom tooth partially stuck in the jaw, and it can cause dental decay, as it becomes difficult to clean them.
- Soft-tissue impaction
This type of wisdom teeth removal is less complicated as it is just trapped under the gum
This type of impaction occurs when a tooth is positioned almost perfectly but still has a hard time pushing through the gum. Vertical impacted wisdom teeth Sydney rarely need extraction because they are nearly upright.