One of the many reasons why dental surgery may need to be carried out is where there is a case of impacted teeth. Impacted teeth are teeth that do not develop normally and their presence disrupts the normal growth, existence, or positioning of the adjacent teeth. In such a case, dental surgery may be recommended by your dentist. Below, find out how cases of implanted teeth occur and how dental surgery helps.
How do cases of impacted teeth occur?
Cases of impacted teeth can occur in a number of different ways:
- The impacted teeth may grow sideways in a position that renders them defunct.
- The impacted teeth may be positioned in a way that prevents them from rising above the gums due to obstruction from adjacent teeth.
- The impacted teeth may grow behind, or in front, of other teeth.
- The impacted teeth may grow on the side of the gums
- The impacted teeth may grow diagonally towards other teeth.
Why is removal of impacted teeth important?
Removal of impacted teeth is crucial for a number of reasons. For one, the process helps to ease the patient from being in unbearable pain. Such pain is often caused by the inflammation created in the gums; the gums may swell, redden and throb in pain, making eating unbearable. In some cases, the impacted tooth may cut the gums. If this happens, the gums may be exposed to infections that could cause serious complications.
Removal of impacted teeth therefore provides relief to the patient. It also keeps the impacted teeth from harming other teeth, e.g. eroding their enamel or weakening their implantation.
What are the long term benefits of surgically removing impacted teeth?
No one likes to have their teeth removed. However, if you have implanted teeth and you get them surgically removed, you will benefit from the process in a number of ways down the line:
- Your remaining teeth will grow normally without interference.
- All your teeth will be aligned properly in a line, guaranteeing you a normal smile.
- Without impacted teeth, your teeth will be easy to brush, floss, and keep clean.
- Once the impacted teeth are removed, you can seek cosmetic solutions to cover any gaps left. For impacted wisdom teeth, this may not be necessary.
Do you have impacted teeth? If you do, or suspect that you might, talk to a dentist and seek an examination. Your dentist can advice you on whether you will need to have the impacted teeth removed or not. In some cases, impacted teeth can be rehabilitated using reshaping techniques such as use of braces and retainers. If you are in pain due to an impacted tooth, seek emergency attention from a dentist as well.