Impacted teeth are those that are unable to grow or emerge into their proper position in the mouth, often because they are blocked by other teeth or bone. They can cause various problems, such as pain, infection, and damage to nearby teeth, and may require removal.
The process of removing an impacted tooth involves a surgical procedure performed by a dentist or oral surgeon. The specifics of the procedure will depend on the location and type of tooth, as well as the extent of its impaction.
Typically, the steps involved in removing an impacted tooth include:
- Anesthesia: Depending on the location and extent of the impaction, local, regional, or general anesthesia may be used to numb the area and minimize discomfort during the procedure.
- Incision: The dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to access the impacted tooth.
- Removal of gum tissue and bone: If necessary, gum tissue and/or bone will be removed to expose the impacted tooth.
- Dislodging the tooth: The dentist or oral surgeon will gently rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it from its socket, then remove it from the mouth.
- Closing the incision: The incision in the gum tissue will be closed using sutures (stitches).
After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some swelling, discomfort, and minor bleeding. The dentist or oral surgeon will provide instructions for postoperative care, including pain management and when to return for follow-up appointments.
It’s important to follow all postoperative instructions carefully to ensure a successful recovery and minimize the risk of complications.