If your wisdom teeth become impacted, the surgeons at Oral Surgery Hawaii can help. We offer wisdom teeth removals at our offices in Honolulu, Aiea, and Kaneohe, HI. Impacted wisdom teeth should always be evaluated and treated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to preserve the health of your bone and gum tissue.
Wisdom teeth are more likely than any other teeth to become impacted or partially trapped beneath the gums. Because wisdom teeth are so large, they often grow in at an angle when there is not room for them in the dental arch, causing them to become trapped behind your other molars. In other cases, strange growths can block the path of a wisdom tooth, trapping it beneath the gums. When teeth cannot fully erupt into place, they are more likely to become infected or cause problems for your other molars.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Sometimes an impacted tooth can have no uncomfortable symptoms whatsoever. When the impacted tooth becomes infected or damages your adjacent teeth, pain and other unpleasant symptoms can start to develop. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may have impacted or infected wisdom teeth:
- Pain around the back molars when eating
- Difficulty or pain when opening the jaw
- Persistent bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Swelling of the gums or around the back of the mouth (especially behind your existing molars)
Preventing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Because most patients’ mouths are too small to accommodate wisdom teeth, it is impossible to prevent impaction through any home care strategies. Regular brushing and flossing are good ways to prevent infections generally, but when an impacted tooth only partially emerges, bacteria and germs can become trapped in the space beneath the gums, which is virtually impossible to clean.
Having your teeth checked regularly by a professional is the best way to prevent the problems caused by impacted teeth. Your dentist and your oral surgeon can detect impacted wisdom teeth before they finish growing in. Early wisdom teeth removal is the best way to prevent infections and other painful symptoms altogether.
Wisdom Teeth Removals at Oral Surgery Hawaii
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, or if you are unsure of whether or not you have impacted wisdom teeth, contact one of our offices in Honolulu, Aiea, and Kaneohe, HI. Our oral surgeons will be happy to perform a full consultation and discuss your treatment options with you.