What Treatment Options Are There for Impacted Molars?
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
There are some people who come to our office with some type of problem that tell us to do whatever we need to fix the issue. They don't want to know what the different options are to fix a problem, they just want us to fix it.
When it comes to impacted molars, there are a few options available for treatment. It is a good idea to learn the options available for you. Learning these options is one way to help you get the best possible treatment for your teeth and gums.
The Most Common Teeth
When you talk about impacted molars, you are most often talking about the wisdom teeth. This is the third set of molars in the mouth and the last ones to grow in. An impacted molar occurs when the tooth is not able to fully emerge through the skin.
This can happen if there is not enough room for the new molars or if the skin is too thick for the tooth to break through it. If this happens, you can experience a variety of symptoms that include swelling and pain. If left untreated, it can lead to problems that include infection and issues with the other teeth.
Dental Treatment Options
The treatment options depend in part on the tooth. If there is enough space and if the tooth has begun to emerge and is healthy, the first option is to wait. There are ways to manage the symptoms that occur and if the tooth is fully able to emerge, nothing more is needed.
When the tooth is not healthy or cannot fully emerge or comes in crooked and creates problems for surrounding teeth, the best option is to remove the affected molar. Extraction of the tooth is the best way to keep the rest of the teeth happy and to eliminate the problems the impaction can cause.
An impacted molar is a problem, but there are solutions. It is better to take care of this sooner rather than later because the problems often only get worse over time.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.