Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Charlotte, NC

Advanced Surgical Care for an Impacted Tooth

Wisdom teeth grow at the back of your mouth. Sometimes, these teeth become trapped beneath the gums and cannot emerge into the dental arch. When this occurs, the tooth is considered to be impacted. An impacted tooth will likely never break through the gums and successfully erupt on its own, making surgical intervention necessary.

When a canine tooth is impacted, every effort is made to save the tooth and help it erupt into its proper position. In the case of wisdom teeth, they are not necessary for a proper set of teeth. Once detected, your oral surgeon will simply extract them during a standard wisdom teeth removal procedure.

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can develop without causing any symptoms. However, just because you are not in pain doesn’t mean that your third molars aren’t causing any issues. If you suspect the presence of wisdom teeth or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, schedule an appointment at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery.

  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • An ongoing unpleasant taste, indicating infection
  • Difficulty fully opening your mouth

What Causes an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

The average mouth can only hold 28 adult teeth. When an extra set of molars tries to squeeze in, complications can arise. Without enough room, wisdom teeth can grow sideways or at odd angles as they try to find a space in the dental arch. A tooth that grows at an incorrect angle becomes impacted. If you have an impacted third molar, you might be able to see the top of the tooth’s crown poking up through the gums.

How is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth Diagnosed?

An important step you can take when caring for your oral health is attending routine checkups with your general dentists. Dentists take X-rays during visits and can identify when and if your wisdom teeth begin to develop. When it’s time to have them removed, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon.

Oral surgeons undergo specialized training to detect, diagnose, and treat a plethora of oral health problems. Oral and maxillofacial surgery can prevent further dental problems, correct bite issues, and improve overall health. This includes wisdom teeth removal, which is a commonly performed procedure with little downtime following surgery. Oral surgeons are qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia so patients can remain comfortable during surgery.

You can have wisdom teeth removed or evaluated at almost any age, although younger patients often have easier surgeries and faster recovery times. Leaving impacted teeth untreated can cause damage to other teeth and more severe oral health issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extractions in the Carolinas

Most patients who visit Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery for wisdom teeth removal undergo IV sedation. This method of anesthesia puts patients into a sleep-like state unable to feel pain. If you choose to undergo IV sedation, you will be able to answer questions asked by your surgical staff but will wake up with no memory of the procedure. We will take detailed 3D scans prior to your surgery to detect and avoid facial nerves and underlying tooth roots.

Our oral surgeons make the wisdom tooth removal process easy. Simply arrive on the day of your scheduled procedure and be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to remain in the office during your surgery and drive you home afterward. This adult should remain with you for 24 hours while you're under the effects of anesthesia.

Your surgeon will administer the anesthesia, remove the third molars, and place dissolvable sutures over the gum tissue. Partially erupted teeth may be broken into smaller pieces and then removed. Be sure to follow your post-operative instructions closely, as these will guide you on how to clean the surgical sites and prevent dry socket, which is a painful condition in which the blood clot becomes dislodged.

We Are Here for You

Learn about wisdom teeth removal, schedule an appointment, and more. Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has three locations: in Central Charlotte near Myers Park, in South Charlotte near the Ballantyne/Blakeney area, and in North Charlotte near the University of North Carolina. Contact us today.