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What does an impacted wisdom tooth mean for extraction? I've been told that one of my wisdom teeth is impacted. Does that make extraction more difficult than normal? Is there a longer recovery time? .

What does an impacted wisdom tooth mean for extraction? I've been told that one of my wisdom teeth is impacted. Does that make extraction more difficult than normal? Is there a longer recovery time?


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An : An impacted tooth is one that has not fully erupted into the mouth and is, to some degree, still covered gum tissue and / or bone. A fully impacted tooth is completely covered by bone. An impacted tooth does not necessarily have to be more difficult to extract than an erupted tooth for two reasons: 1. An impacted tooth may not have completed root formation. Besides having less tooth structure to remove, partially formed roots may not be curved at their tips and thus can be easier to remove. 2. When a tooth is fully erupted and in function, the bone around it consolidates (or hardens) in response to the function. This may make the tooth more difficult to remove. Impacted teeth may be more difficult to remove for the following reasons: 1. There is a significant amount of bone and / or soft tissue covering them making access more difficult. 2. Impacted teeth may be closely related to vital structures such as nerves and the sinuses making extraction more challenging. 3. Impacted teeth may be angled in ways that make it more difficult to extract them. I recommend an evaluation by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to better determine the necessity of extraction and the degree of difficulty that may be encountered. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Impacted Tooth (Definition)

An impacted tooth is one that is for one of many reasons unable to erupt into the oral cavity: they may be vertical, horizontal, in bone, impacted in soft tissue (gum/gingiva), it may be due to local pathology i.e. Proximity to an extra tooth or undifferentiated mass of tooth like tissue or an "odontoma", it can be due to crowding, and usually it is a wisdom tooth that lacks ...Read more


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Never had any TMJ problems at all. 3 weeks after impacted wisdom teeth extraction, omfs believes i developed TMJ after surgery. Why? Is this forever?

Never had any TMJ problems at all. 3 weeks after impacted wisdom teeth extraction, omfs believes i developed TMJ after surgery. Why? Is this forever?

Common: Sometimes the jaw joint, tmj, is strained during a wisdom tooth extraction and it can take sometime to heal. Treat it using the same principles you use for a sprained ankle, with rest, and following the surgeons recommendation. This means soft diet. Anti inflammatory medications. Time. The pain will decrease as it heals. Talk to surgeon about bite guard if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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How long after having 4 impacted wisdom teeth extraction before i can get a filling?

How long after having 4 impacted wisdom teeth extraction before i can get a filling?

Whenever: There is no specific time period that is necessary to wait to have a filling done. It is mostly when you will be comfortable enough and able to open your mouth for further work and the urgency of your other dental treatment. Discuss this matter with your own dentist who is most aware of your particular dental needs. ...Read more

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What could be causing jaw pain/earache a month after 4 impacted wisdom teeth extraction?

What could be causing jaw pain/earache a month after 4 impacted wisdom teeth extraction?

Not uncommon: TMJ pain or soreness may occur after the removal of difficult impacted wisdom teeth. In case your pain continues for more than a couple of weeks, you should probably see your doctor for evaluation. In the meantime before your appointment, take NSAID OTC or Tylenol (acetaminophen) to mange the pain or discomfort. ...Read more

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Post impacted wisdom teeth extraction have random ear pain in one year. I have developed tmj. Best way to reduce inflammation? Taking ibprofene.

Post impacted wisdom teeth extraction have random ear pain in one year. I have developed tmj. Best way to reduce inflammation? Taking ibprofene.

A few ideas.: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more

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How long will it take for four impacted wisdom teeth extractions to heal?

How long will it take for four impacted wisdom teeth extractions to heal?

7 to 10 days: Typically it takes about a week for healing following third molar removal. Variables for extended healing time would be age, existing infection, smoking and others. For full gum surface to close is about two weeks and internal bone healing takes months. Most discomfort however should be gone within ten days. ...Read more

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Should i get my impacted wisdom teeth extracted?

Depends: Whether or not you should or should not have your impacted teeth removed will depend upon your symptoms if any, your age, position and development of the impacted teeth, whether or not they have associated pathology or causing or contributing to problems with adjacent teeth or structures. Every patient is different and should have a rational reason for the removal of an impacted tooth. ...Read more

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Are symptoms from impacted wisdom teeth or tmj?

Are symptoms from impacted wisdom teeth or tmj?

See. Dentist: Your dentist can examine you and tell you what is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Impacted wisdom teeth removal. Does it hurt a lot?

Impacted wisdom teeth removal. Does it hurt a lot?

No: No. Not during, or after. Pain managed well with local or IV anesthesia and postop pain meds. For best results, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce impacted wisdom teeth pain?

What can I do to reduce impacted wisdom teeth pain?

Abx: If they're impacted you may need pain medications and antibiotics. See your doctor and/or an oral surgeon ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more