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Surgical Options for Dental Impactions

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Woman with glasses smiling after visit to Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center in Livermore, CADental impactions primarily occur when your tooth fails to emerge or erupt properly. This can happen for several reasons, such as improper jaw alignment or inadequate space on your jaw. You can experience problems such as jaw pain and other oral issues such as gum disease when you have teeth impactions. There are multiple surgical options available for dental impactions, and they include:

Surgical Tooth Extraction

Impacted teeth that are deeply embedded in your jawbones or have unusual angles can cause dental problems. Such teeth need to be removed surgically. An oral surgeon will make incisions on your jawbone to remove the impacted teeth. It is an invasive procedure as it can also involve bone removal, cutting your tooth into smaller pieces for better removal, and suturing the incision site.

Some impacted teeth don't need to be removed if they are not causing any symptoms. A dental expert considers extracting teeth that are affecting your dental health.

Soft Tissue Impaction Removal

If a tooth is only partially impacted, your gum tissues cover it but have not deeply penetrated the bone. Your oral surgeon can perform a minor surgical procedure to expose and remove such a tooth. It can involve making incisions on the gum and removing any overlying tissues.

Bone Removal

Bone removal is also known as mastectomy. This procedure is necessary if an impacted tooth is deeply embedded in your jawbone. In such a scenario, an oral surgeon must remove a section of the surrounding bone to extract such a tooth.

Sinus Lift

A sinus lift may be deemed necessary if the impacted teeth are close to a sinus cavity. It involves lifting the sinus membrane and attaching a bone graft to create adequate space for tooth extraction. This procedure also enhances better implant placement in the future and ensures your oral health is adequate.

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