Wisdom teeth are the third and final molars that start to grow into the mouths of most adolescents and young adults between the ages of 17 and 25. In a majority of cases, patients simply do not have enough space in their jaws to accomodate the erupting wisdom teeth. When this happens, the teeth are said to be impacted, which means that the tooth is crowding neighboring teeth, is contacting and possibly damaging neighboring teeth, or has erupted at an improper angle or position. Dr. Goehring can prevent and correct any damage that may be caused by impacted wisdom teeth for our Austin, TX and neighboring area patients. With a wisdom tooth extraction, pain and inflammation caused by impacted teeth can be immediately alleviated and future dental problems are prevented. Dr. Goehring can perform a thorough wisdom tooth examination to determine the proper course of treatment for your personal dental situation at Goehring Dental, located in south Austin, TX.
Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
There are several different types of impacted wisdom teeth that are each distinguished by the depth of the wisdom tooth within the jaw. “Impacted” refers to one or more teeth that have not completely emerged into their expected positions. This failure of wisdom teeth to grow in properly could happen because there isn’t enough space in the person’s jaw, the tooth’s eruption trajectory is blocked by other teeth, or the angle of incoming wisdom teeth is tilted instead of upright. Dr. Goehring typically uses the orientation of incoming wisdom teeth, the level of eruption, and whether the impacted wisdom tooth is classified as a “bony” or “soft-tissue” to make his diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
Soft-Tissue Impaction: The upper part of the wisdom tooth, called the “crown”, has penetrated the jawbone but isn’t through the gum tissue yet. Discomfort and pressure in gum tisue can be present in cases of soft-tissue impacted wisdom teeth.
Hard-Tissue Impaction: Also called a “bony” impaction, this term refers to a wisdom tooth that is still mostly embedded in the jawbone. Hard-tissue impactions can be the full bony where the tooth is all the way covered by bone, or they can be partial-bony which is marked by a wisdom tooth that is only partly encased in bone.
Risks and Complications of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If you are between the ages of 14 and 25, your dentist may suggest rotuine widom tooth screenings to monitor the development and eruption of your wisdom teeth. Being aware of wisdom teeth and the challenges that they can present is important because modern dentistry allows patients to address and treat dental problems before they can cause any discomfort or damage. Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of oral health problems whose symptoms range from mild to potentially life-threatening:
- Crowding: Erupting wisdom teeth can place pressure on nearby healthy teeth causing them to shift out of proper alignment. This movement of teeth can create hard to clean areas that invite tooth decay and gum disease.
- Damaging Healthy Teeth: Wisdom teeth have been known to cause damage to second molars in the form of decay, chipping, cracking, gum disease, and even bone loss.
- Disease: In rare cases, wisdom teeth can cause cysts or tumors to form.
- Infection: Painful and dangerous oral infections can develop from areas affected by impacted wisdom teeth. Flaps of gum tissue may trap bacteria and food particles, which invites infection. If left untreated, infections can make their way into other areas or systems which can potentially be fatal.
Contact Our Austin, TX Practice for Your Examination
If you live in the Austin, TX or neighboring areas and you have concerns about your wisdom teeth, you should contact Goehring Dental to schedule your thorough wisdom tooth examination. Dr. Goehring is an experienced wisdom tooth dentist that has served Austin, TX area patients since 1984, and has the experience necessary to provide the high-quality dental care for which he is known. Don’t let your wisdom teeth cause you more problems than they are worth! Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing you trouble right now, there is no guarantee that problems won’t develop in the future. Many of our patients have questions or concerns about costs and available financing options for their wisdom tooth extractions, and at Goehring Dental in Austin, TX we work hard to provide outstanding dental care at reasonable rates. Call today to schedule your no-obligation wisdom tooth consultation with Dr. Goehring.