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Types of Wisdom Tooth Impaction

Posted on 5/10/2021 by office
Types of Wisdom Tooth ImpactionMany young adults dread the coming of their wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars in your mouth. Unfortunately, these molars may not erupt properly because of the size of your mouth or other factors. Fortunately, Dr. Kevin Kay and at Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry can offer you treatment options for problematic wisdom teeth.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Some people do not have enough room in their jaw to accommodate the wisdom teeth, which are the largest set of molars. That's because our jaw has room for only about 28 teeth, which is how many permanent teeth we have aside from the wisdom teeth.

Hence, a wisdom tooth may fail to erupt in the proper alignment or may not be able to emerge all the way out of the gum line. This means the tooth gets trapped between your jawbone and the gum tissue.

When this happens, you may experience pain and swelling on the site. If left untreated, it can also result in infection as well as damage the neighboring teeth. Often times, tooth extraction is required to treat the problem.

Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If you have a problematic wisdom tooth, we may take an x-ray to find out its location. Impacted wisdom teeth are typically of four types:

•  Complete Bony Impacted: This is the most tricky type of tooth extraction as the wisdom tooth is stuck completely in the jaw.
•  Partial Bony Impacted: This type of wisdom tooth is partially stuck in the jaw and partially in the gums.
•  Soft Tissue Impacted: This wisdom tooth has emerged from the jaw but has gotten stuck inside the gums. Soft tissue impacted wisdom teeth are easy to remove.
•  Erupted: Extraction of an erupted wisdom tooth is simple because the tooth is already visible in the mouth.

Most of the time, impacted wisdom teeth will result in discomfort. Even if there is no swelling or pain, wisdom teeth are very vulnerable to decay since they are positioned so far back in the jaw and cannot be easily cleaned.

If you have a problematic wisdom tooth, it is best to remove it. Schedule an appointment with us at (425) 226-2615 so that we can check the health of your tooth and treat it accordingly.

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