Impacted Tooth Removal

Dentist using surgical pliers to remove impacted tooth - San Leandro, CAStatistics show many of us have impacted teeth. Although a common occurrence, many questions arise. What is an impacted tooth? Will you need tooth extractions? Who can remove an impacted tooth? This article will address these questions and provide you with helpful information about treatment options. 

What Is An Impacted Tooth? 

Impaction happens when a tooth gets stuck under the gum tissue. Sometimes the tooth is partially seen above the gum line. In other cases, the tooth is completely implanted. Most likely, your dentist can reveal and confirm it with an x-ray.

What Are Some Reasons Teeth Get Impacted?

  • A genetically small jaw 
  • Lack of space in the dental arch
  • Overcrowding 
  • Tooth erupting at an abnormal angle

How Do You Know If You Might Have An Impacted Tooth? 

  • Difficulty opening your mouth 
  • Headaches when chewing
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Delayed tooth eruption 
  • Pain and swelling

Types of Impacted Teeth and Removal

Wisdom Teeth

This is the last set of adult teeth that erupt in the late teens or early twenties. We typically do not have enough space for all 32 teeth, so wisdom tooth removal surgery is generally recommended around age 15 to 25. Impacted wisdom teeth cause problems like intense pain and discomfort, jaw soreness, and tooth decay. 

Removal With An Oral Surgeon

This specialized doctor is best equipped to extract these because some wisdom teeth are impacted in a very complicated position. Common varieties of impacted teeth are:

  • Horizontal
  • Vertical
  • Inverted
  • Distoangular

Here at Estudillo Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Edwards has years of experience in safely removing wisdom teeth. Most extractions that are uncomplicated can be done with a local anesthetic. However, when the teeth are malpositioned, it is most comfortable for you to be sedated during the extraction surgery. It generally takes less than one hour and healing time is normally under one week.

Canine Tooth Impaction

These are the pointy adult teeth that sit next to your incisors. They are also known as cuspid teeth, eye teeth, or fangs. These anterior teeth (front teeth) are impacted when another tooth or soft tissue blocks them. These are the longest of human teeth and are very important to have for eating and tearing food. They should be erupted by age 12 or 13. 

Canine Treatment 

When you can detect an impacted eyetooth early, it makes for a much better treatment plan. First, the oral surgeon will help the tooth emerge with a common surgery called “exposure and bracket”. This is done by cutting a small piece of the gums and attaching a bracket. Then, the orthodontist places braces to it to assist it in the right position. 

Supernumerary Teeth

This type of additional tooth can be found anywhere in the dental arch. Adults have thirty-two teeth altogether, or sixteen teeth on each arch. Children have twenty primary or baby teeth or ten teeth on each arch. Problems you can expect from these extra teeth are: 

  • Impaction of an incisor or cuspid tooth 
  • Interference with any adult teeth erupting
  • Crowding and misalignment
  • Problems chewing


If these teeth are stopping any adult teeth from erupting, it is recommended to remove them. Depending on their location and position, this surgery is typically simple. Under general anesthesia, our surgeon can extract them comfortably. 

We hope this health information was helpful for you. Our doctor is available to answer any additional questions you have. Contact us today!


What Is A Full Bony Impacted Tooth?

This tooth is fully under the bone because it has no space to erupt. The procedure to remove it can be one of the most complicated because the tooth is normally impacted in a difficult position. If left alone, it can cause crowding and swelling. Our surgeons are specialized in removing these. 

How Long Does It Take For Wisdom Teeth Holes To Close Up?

The healing process should be relatively simple for healthy patients. However, it can take up to six weeks for the extraction holes to close. To prevent infection, most doctors will give a syringe to irrigate the site with saline until it closes. 

Does Surgery Hurt?

During the procedure and a few hours after, you won’t feel any pain. When the anesthesia wears off, you may experience slight discomfort for a few days. Our oral surgeon’s office will ensure you have everything to keep the pain down. 

What Can I Eat After Impacted Canine Surgery?

Food that is soft and easy to chew is best. Food items like smoothies, mashed potatoes, jello, and warm soup are ideal for the first few days. Then as the site heals, you can gradually introduce different food. 

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