Treatment for Impacted Teeth


Primary teeth gradually break through (emerge from) the gums typically between the ages of 6 months and 2 ½ years. As the child’s jaws continue to grow, room is made for the permanent teeth, which begin to erupt around 6 years of age. Between the ages of 6 and 7 years, primary teeth begin to shed up until the age of about 12.

An impacted tooth is any tooth that fails to emerge or emerges only partially. The most common impacted teeth are wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that emerge between the ages of 17 to 21.

In some cases, an impacted tooth can be left in the mouth if it isn’t causing any problems. However, many times an impacted tooth may press on teeth nearby or cause an infection in the surrounding gums. If your dentist finds that an impacted tooth poses serious risks to your oral health, he or she may recommend that you get the tooth extracted.

Depending on the complexity and positioning of the tooth, multiple levels of sedation are available to ensure your comfort during the entire procedure. Your oral surgeon will work with you to determine the best sedation level option for your surgery and your comfort level. After an extraction it’s recommended that you rest for two to three days, avoiding any strenuous activity. You should also expect to maintain a soft foods diet for three to seven days.

At Austin Oral Surgery, our surgeons have extensive training and experience in all aspects of oral surgery, including tooth extraction. If you think you may need a tooth extracted, talk to your dentist and set up an appointment. For more information on the dental extraction procedure, contact Austin Oral Surgery today.