Gray Dental Group

Mesial Impaction Of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, normally grow in during late teens and early adulthood. All is well unless one of many problems occur. Today, our dentist in Edmond is discussing one of the most common issues with impacted wisdom teeth and what can be done about it.

To avoid problems, when teeth grow in there has to be proper conditions such as plenty of room to grow, proper alignment, and full eruption to occur. The most common failure, especially for wisdom teeth is due to impaction. This breaks down even further into different types of impacted teeth, but today we’re focusing on mesial impactions, because these happen most often.

So what is a mesial impaction?

Mesial impacted wisdom teeth are simply those that occur when the tops of the teeth have grown in facing forward towards the other teeth in front of them. If one or more wisdom teeth comes in angled too far toward, other problems can occur. The following are signs our dentist in Edmond warns you to be mindful of:

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Swelling around the gums or around the jaw
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth

Although many of the symptoms mentioned could also signify periodontal disease, it’s important to pay attention and have either our dentist in Edmond or your own local dentist remove impacted wisdom teeth to prevent further damage to neighboring teeth. When making an assessment of the level of difficulty that’s expected for an extraction, our dentist in Edmond will pay particular attention to its angulation.

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth or any of the symptoms of one, please don’t hesitate to contact Philip Gray, DDS. Our dentist in Edmond can be reached by calling 405-330-5458.

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