An impacted tooth (wisdom tooth) is a tooth that is restricted or failed to grow for some reasons through the gum. They are most commonly seen in the third molars at the back of the mouth and have no space to grow normally. Generally, four third molars (wisdom teeth) people will have, two at the top and two at the bottom.
Impacted wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth growing in the life of a person. It can cause pain, damage to its nearest teeth and related dental problems. When the impacted tooth causes pain, it is surgically removed and the removal requires much effort than the normal tooth extraction since the majority of the tooth remains embedded in the Mandibular bone (lower jaw), leaving only very little tooth substance in the oral cavity.
Symptoms of Impacted tooth
Though generally impaction causes pain, red and swollen gums, bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, pain while opening, chewing or biting, very often causes no pain and only an X-ray report can reveal the exact condition.
Impacted premolar for an elderly!
We happened to have treated a rare of the rarest impacted premolar case at Jerush dental and facial corrective centre. Mr. Balaram (name changed), aged 59 with an impacted premolar approached us for treatment. Throbbing and pulsating inflammation every now and then was his reason to visit us. An x-ray clearly showed the impacted condition of his tooth. All precautionary measures meant for the extraction of an elderly patient were followed before surgically removing the impacted tooth. Balram smiled at us with gratitude.