Impacted Teeth

Impacted teeth, also known as unerupted teeth, are teeth that cannot come out in the part of the mouth that they should, but whose time has passed, and which remain under the jawbone. Impacted teeth cannot find a suitable place in the mouth. Often, wisdom teeth, premolars and canines can be impacted.

Why Impacted Teeth Occur?

There may be many factors in the formation of impacted teeth. Sometimes more than one of these factors can be observed at the same time. One of the most common causes of impacted teeth is jaw stenosis. Due to the narrow jaw, the tooth cannot find a suitable place in the mouth to come out in a healthy way.

Impacted teeth can also occur in cases where the primary tooth is lost early. When the primary tooth is lost early, the jawbone cannot develop sufficiently. Thus, the tooth trying to come out cannot come out due to the lack of space in the mouth and remains embedded.

Apart from these, the factors in the formation of impacted teeth include genetic factors, infection, trauma and displacement of the teeth next to the impacted tooth, blocking its eruption.

How Do We Treat Impacted Teeth?

We decide on the treatment method to be applied, taking into account the location and position of the tooth, aesthetically and functionally. Orthodontic treatment is applied if the impacted teeth affect the patient’s health status and the function of the tooth or are in a risky area. In orthodontic treatment, it is aimed to pull the tooth to where it should be by sticking a bracket on the impacted tooth.

Some impacted teeth may not be suitable for moving with orthodontic treatment. In such cases, the tooth can be extracted by applying a surgical method. When the impacted tooth is a wisdom tooth, it often creates a problem and is extracted. Sometimes it is better not to touch the tooth and to have it checked regularly.

Not every impacted tooth needs to be treated. Therefore, in our clinic, first of all, the problems that the impacted tooth may cause to the patient are analyzed and a decision is made accordingly.

Post-Surgical Procedure

It is quite normal to have swelling and pain after the surgical procedure for the treatment of impacted teeth and should not be a concern. These areas are part of the healing phase. It will be effective if you use the medicine given by our specialists for pain. Applying a cold compress will also be good for swelling.

We do not recommend consuming very hot or very cold foods while the wound is in the healing process. Consuming warm or soft foods instead will help you pass this process with fewer problems.