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Chaparral Village Dental & Orthodontics

27287 Nicolas Road Suite 104, Temecula, CA 92591


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The Impact of an Impacted Tooth

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 1:44 AM Comments comments (1035)
The Impact of an Impacted Tooth

A tooth is considered impacted when it only partially grows through the gums. This can happen because another tooth blocks it, or it grows in crookedly. The third molar typically erupts from age 17 to 21 and is the last tooth to appear, which is why it's the most likely tooth to become impacted - there's usually no room left for it. 

Although an impacted tooth does not always lead to pain or discomfort, the impaction can cause other problems. A partially erupted tooth can create an opening in the gum where food and other particles can accumulate, leading to gum infection. Impacted teeth can also develop tooth decay, and they can also push on adjacent teeth, causing all your teeth to shift. 

For these reasons, it's usually recommended to have wisdom teeth extracted before the age of 21. The younger you are the better (and faster) the surrounding tissue and bone will heal. That doesn't mean you should ignore the symptoms if you're over 21, though.  

No matter what age you are, if an impacted tooth is causing you pain, soreness, sensitivity or inflammation, come in for a visit. Better to get treatment than unnecessarily endure pain and discomfort!  

Persistent pain or an infection usually means the tooth will need to be removed. Sometimes this can be done right in the office. Otherwise, we can give you a referral to a recommended oral surgeon.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Should Always Be Removed, Says Dentist

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM Comments comments (221)
According to the American Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, having wisdom teeth removed during the teenage years not only improves dental and oral health, but may also reduce the chance of illness later in life.

A recent survey was made to 174 dentists, see the survey reasons.

The problem with wisdom teeth: Leave them in or take them out?

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (393)
As dental professionals, we always asks each other some tough questions, like: Do you recommend that young adults have their wisdom teeth extracted? Do you believe in “prophylactic extraction,” or do you prescribe to the theory that they’re OK for now, so let’s just leave them? If the latter, then the next question is, would you recommend this for your own children? Why or why not?

Dr. Tina Beck shares her opinions on this subject. Read on...

Emerging Evidence Base in third-molar management

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 4:18 AM Comments comments (245)
For several generations now, dental treatment of third molars has been based on clinical impressions rather than on published scientific data, said Matthew Dennis, DDS, in an issue of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. But, as he noted, "questions about third-molar management are beginning to be answered."

Impacted third molars, because of the lateness of their emergence, should always be evaluated for removal or observation. most impactions involve arch length that is less than total tooth mass, resulting in inadequate space for eruption to occur.

The average age for eruption of third molars is 20, but some eruptions can occur as late as 25. Predicting eruption is, Dennis said, an inexact science, requiring radiographic as well as clinical evaluation.

"Even when symptom-free, two-thirds of young adult subjects were found (by the clinical trials) to have periodontal pathology in their third-molar regions," wrote Dennis regarding indications for third-molar removal, including findings in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' Third Molar Clinical Trials that show an association of third molars and periodontal disease.

Dennis said that the trials suggest that the inaccessible third-molar anatomy can harbor periodontal pathogens in up to 80% of patients with third-molar symptoms." "A large review of population and clinical studies with more than 8,000 subjects showed that patients with third molars had a worsened periodontal status on other teeth in the quadrant over those patients without third molars." Other conditions that may have greater incidences associated with third-molar impactions are pericoronitis and caries

Journal of the California Dental Association 02, 2012