Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can often be problematic. Wisdom teeth are usually the last molars to develop. Often times they will not even erupt from the gums until the patient is over 18 years old. Depending on how the jaw develops and or grows, sometimes there is not enough room for the wisdom tooth to come out. If a tooth is stuck underneath gums it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. When a wisdom tooth is impacted the patient usually will need to see an oral surgeon to get it removed. We can determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed, and if you need to see an oral surgeon or not. Some problems that impacted wisdom teeth can cause include crowding of front teeth, damage to 2nd molars, inflamed gums and more.
The above photo is an example of a horizontally impacted wisdom tooth extracted by Peter Mani, DDS. This is not a usual procedure done by a general dentist and if you have a horizontally impacted wisdom tooth, you will usually need to be referred to an oral surgeon. (xray of actual patient of Peter Mani, DDS, used with permission and consent of patient).
If you have a wisdom tooth you would like to have examined, and you live in Riverside, CA. Give us a call at (951) 687-8700 to schedule an evaluation of you wisdom teeth.