An impacted tooth is a tooth which is unable to erupt properly and becomes trapped in the gums or erupts at an incorrect position. The most commonly impacted teeth are the third molars, or wisdom teeth. Dr. Chun Pae Cho provides wisdom teeth removal to extract these impacted teeth before they can cause damage to your oral health and smile. To learn more about impacted wisdom teeth in Brooklyn, New York, and schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon, contact our team today at 718-745-6555.
Though most people develop 32 permanent adult teeth, in most cases their mouths are too small to accommodate the four wisdom teeth. This lack of space causes the wisdom teeth to become impacted, or unable to erupt into their proper positions. There are several types of impactions, and our oral surgeon will examine your mouth to determine the position and condition of your wisdom teeth and whether or not you would benefit from wisdom teeth removal.
Types of impactions include:
- Soft Tissue Impaction — This type of impaction occurs when there is not enough room to allow the gum tissue to retract. The teeth cannot be properly cleaned.
- Partial Bony Impaction — This type of impaction occurs when the wisdom teeth can partially erupt but the teeth cannot function properly in the chewing process. The teeth also cannot be properly cleaned.
- Complete Bony Impaction — This type of impaction occurs when there is no space for the wisdom teeth to erupt, causing them to remain embedded in the jawbone. Even if partially visible, the teeth require complex surgical techniques for removal.
For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and to determine if you need a wisdom tooth removal procedure, contact our team today.