Sometimes, teeth grow incorrectly. They may appear in the wrong place or at the wrong angle. If they fail to appear, they are called buried or impacted. In some cases, buried teeth do not cause any symptoms. However, if they continue to grow beneath the surface of the skin, their position can damage adjacent teeth, leave a gap or cause a cyst to form around the impacted tooth.
At Baddow Hospital, your surgeon will discuss your treatment and anaesthesia options, which could include:
- Removing the impacted tooth;
- Removing the affected tooth and transplanting it into the correct position and alignment;
- Exposing the tooth to be followed by orthodontic treatment, if necessary, to bring it into the correct alignment.
Following extraction of impacted teeth
Tooth removal tends to be a day case procedure and you should be able to go home afterwards, although it may depend on the difficulty of the operation and whether infection is a possibility. You may be prescribed antibiotics.
You should avoid strenuous activities for the first 48 hours to reduce the risk of bleeding, swelling and bruising and you may need to take some time off work.
Most people recover very rapidly and return to normal activities very soon after having teeth removed although, as with any surgery, there can be complications, such as:
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Damage to nerves
- Sinus problems
- Broken jaw
- Inability to fully open the mouth and stiffness in the jaw
- Dry socket
- Retained roots.