When Is a Tooth Compacted and How is It Treated?


Posted on 11/30/2018 by Westlake Oral Surgery
When Is a Tooth Compacted and How is It Treated?The more you know about the health of your teeth, the easier it is to keep them healthy. When it comes to dealing with a compacted tooth you may or may not know exactly what that means. If you are not sure what it is, you probably don't know how to treat it. Learning these things is a good way to maintaining good oral health.

What Does it Mean?


When your wisdom teeth grow in, they may run into a problem. They may not emerge through the skin. The result of this is pain, swelling and discomfort. The problem is that some people think that the first sign of pain means they have a compacted wisdom tooth. They start to plan to have an extraction. It is not always necessary.

It is possible that the tooth will emerge through the skin and will grow into a healthy part of your mouth. There are signs to watch for to tell this is not happening and that you have a compacted tooth.

•  Swelling of the gums
•  Moderate to severe pain
•  Pain in the jaw
•  Difficulty opening the mouth
•  Bad breath

If you have these symptoms, it is best to come to our offices to find out the scope of the problem and to develop a treatment plan.

Treatment Options


The most obvious solution is to have surgery to extract the tooth. This is the most common form of treatment, but it is not the only option.

Eruption aids that include braces, brackets or removing other teeth that surround the tooth in question are another option. The last option that some people want to turn to is waiting and monitoring the tooth. It is always possible that it will resolve on its own, although this is not always the easiest path to take.

To find out what you should do about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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