What is a Partial Bone Impacted Tooth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are a common dental complaint among both young and older adults. Impactions occur when wisdom teeth are unable to fully emerge through the jaw bone and gum tissue into the mouth; this is most often caused by obstruction, such as other teeth already present at the point of emergence.

A partial bone impacted tooth is a situation where the tooth’s crown is partially surrounded by the jaw bone; depending on the angle of entry, part of the tooth may also be covered by gum tissue. [pullquote]Through a thorough dental exam, including the use of dental x-rays, the oral surgeon will be able to chart the orientation of the tooth, and the likelihood of any problems that might arise as a result of impaction.[/pullquote]

Partial bone impactions can pose a threat to neighboring teeth. Sometimes, for example, the impaction may press against and apply pressure to the adjacent tooth. An oral surgeon may elect to remove partial bone impacted teeth, especially in instances where they pose a threat to the health of surrounding teeth, and even in instances where the impaction causes no pain to the patient.

Through a thorough dental exam, including the use of dental x-rays, the oral surgeon will be able to chart the orientation of the tooth, and the likelihood of any problems that might arise as a result of impaction. Problems which could occur as a result of impaction include damage to adjacent teeth, and can also lead to the creation of difficult-to-clean pockets where food debris and bacteria can collect, which in turn can cause cavities, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Other potential problems of partial bone impactions include tooth misalignments which may rub against the tongue or cheeks, causing pain; overcrowding of the teeth and malocclusion of the remaining teeth due to applied pressure by the impaction.

Removal of impacted wisdom teeth is normally for preventative reasons, following examination. The procedure is relatively straightforward for an oral surgeon to perform, and is performed under local anesthetic. Afterwards, the patient might experience some slight discomfort that may require pain relievers, and there will be some difficulty eating certain foods due to the swelling around the jaw and cheeks.

Your oral surgeon will give advice and instructions to help alleviate the after-effects of wisdom teeth removal; it’s important to follow the advice given to lessen the chances of complications occurring.

For additional information, contact Wisdom Teeth Specialists of Utah, serving the Salt Lake City area, to schedule your informative consultation today.