Your third molars, the last 4 teeth that will erupt at the age of 18-21 hence the name, are considered useless. Why? Because you can still function the same with or without them. However, not having them can also mean that they are inside your gums, they just didn’t come out yet. Some have horizontal impacted wisdom tooth. If that’s the case, well, your wisdom teeth are a source of a deeper and more painful problem other than staying as a useless part of your dental cavity. This would prompt your dentist to advise you that instead of leaving it alone, your impacted wisdom teeth should be removed.
Kinds of wisdom teeth impaction
There are 4 types of teeth impaction.
- Mesioangular impaction: Your third molar is slanting towards the front side of your mouth.
- Distoangular impaction: The impacted tooth is at an angle towards the back of your mouth.
- Vertical impaction: The impacted molar is correctly positioned but does not break through the gum line.
- Horizontal impaction: The tooth is inclined sideways at 90 degrees, and it grows into the roots of the molar next to it.
Any of these types can cause problems to your teeth alignment and comfort.
Even if your impacted teeth present no symptoms and are somehow dormant, it can still cause to have a higher risk for infection, bad breath, ear and headache, among other things.
Impacted teeth removal
There are some dentists who would advise you to extract an impacted wisdom tooth whether or not it presents problems. However, some also believe that impacted wisdom teeth extraction should only be done if the tooth is proven to cause a patient’s discomfort. This way, patients will be free from side effects of getting dental surgery, like anesthesia risks, lost days at work, and adverse paralysis in lip, cheek, or tongue.