Impacted Tooth Removal

Surgeon's hands holding pliers, removing an impacted tooth of a middle aged man. - Vallejo, CAYou may be surprised to know that over 50% of people have an impacted tooth. No need to panic! Not all impacted teeth need to be removed, but sometimes they do. When they grow at an awkward angle, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Due to their position, it takes precise skill to remove. 

Our surgeons at Rotary Way have years of experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery here in Vallejo, CA. However, we know you may have a few concerns before your dental extraction. Read on to find out the information you need about your impacted tooth and our treatment options for you.  

An Impacted Tooth: What Is It? 

A tooth is considered impacted when it has not been able to emerge through your gums. In some cases, the tooth may be somewhat visible. Other times, however, they are completely hidden underneath your gum tissue.  

What Are The Causes Of Impacted Teeth?

The biggest reason your teeth may become impacted is due to the lack of space in the dental arch. Most people simply don’t have room for all 32 teeth to develop without overcrowding. Wisdom teeth often develop at an awkward angle which can create tight spaces between adjacent teeth.  

Do I Have An Impacted Tooth? 

You might not be aware you have one until your oral surgeon sees it on a diagnostic x-ray. However, when an infection arises, below are some symptoms that could show you have an impacted tooth:

  • Jaw pain
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Difficulty opening your mouth 
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing
  • Delayed tooth eruption (teeth developing late)

Impacted Teeth: Removal  

Wisdom Tooth Impaction

Most of us do not have room for our third molars. These teeth are the last adult teeth to erupt. They can be the cause of extreme jaw pain and discomfort. Your oral surgeon may suggest you remove impacted third molars starting from the age of 15 before they cause further damage.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Process 

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is relatively simple. After the dentist analyses your x-rays, you and your surgeon will discuss a plan for oral surgery. If your wisdom teeth need surgical extractions, they can be performed under general anesthesia so that you are comfortable throughout. 

Pain can be controlled well with medication, and most of our patients plan about two to three days of downtime. Take this time to catch up on your favorite TV series! You can enjoy soft foods like jello, yogurt, and pudding for a few days until the site heals. 

Canine Tooth Impaction

Canine teeth are the sharp teeth that are positioned next to our incisors. They should emerge around the preteen years. If they delay, it could be blocked by soft tissue or bone. 

Canine Removal Process 

Early detection of an impacted canine makes a huge difference. A surgery your dentist may use is referred to as “exposure and bracketing,” also known as  E&B. The surgeon will expose the canine under the gum and attach a bracket. Your orthodontist can use this to align it properly. This process may be completed with local anesthesia, although younger patients may need general sedation. 

Supernumerary Teeth

Adults generally have 32 teeth, and children usually have 20 primary teeth. Any additional teeth are called supernumerary. Although they usually don’t cause any harm, a few problems can occur if you keep them such as: 

  • Overcrowding and misalignment (which can increase bacteria and cause cavities)
  • Impaction of an incisor or cuspid tooth 
  • Interference with erupting teeth

Removal With Rotary Way 

Here at Rotary Way Oral and Implantology, our top surgeons are ever ready to serve you. Most of our dental extractions take less than one hour and healing time is normally under one week. You can call or book an appointment conveniently online to start your journey with the Rotary Way family!


What Is A Full Bony Impaction?

This type of tooth is fully encased in the jawbone. The procedure can be complex because the tooth is usually buried at a very awkward angle. If left embedded in the jaw, it can cause overcrowding of other teeth.

Will This Extraction Hurt?

During the procedure, it will not hurt. The surgeon will use local or general anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain when the tooth is removed. After it wears off, any discomfort can be controlled by over-the-counter or prescribed medication. 

How Much Does A Tooth Extraction Cost? 

The cost of removing impacted wisdom teeth can vary. For instance, simple extraction ranges from $75-$300 with anesthesia. However, based on what insurance plan you have, the type of extractions, and choice of anesthesia can all impact the final cost.

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