What Are Wisdom Teeth?

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What Is An Impacted Tooth?

Impaction refers to a situation where an individual’s jaw is insufficiently spacious to accommodate the growth and eruption of wisdom teeth. This condition prevents the wisdom teeth from emerging properly. In order to ascertain whether the extraction of wisdom teeth would be beneficial in your case, a panoramic x-ray will be employed to assess the situation accurately. This imaging technique provides a comprehensive view of the entire oral structure, allowing us to evaluate the positioning and development of your wisdom teeth and make an informed decision regarding the necessity of their removal.

Types Of Impactation

During your consultation, we will assess if wisdom tooth removal is necessary for you. A specialized x-ray called a panorex will be taken to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted, the availability of eruption space, and the potential difficulty of the extraction process.

There are three types of impaction:

  1. Soft Tissue Impaction: Insufficient room for gum tissue retraction, hindering proper tooth cleaning.
  2. Partial Bony Impaction: Enough space for partial eruption, but the tooth may cause issues with chewing and cleaning.
  3. Complete Bony Impaction: No space for eruption, requiring complex surgical techniques for removal. The impacted tooth may also be positioned unusually, making extraction challenging. This situation can be further complicated by the shape or size of the jaw bone and facial structures.

By evaluating these factors, we can determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

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