How To Take Care Of An Impacted Tooth
If you need wisdom teeth removal in Melbourne, Florida then schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Sedaros. If you find yourself with impaction of your wisdom teeth, it’s best to know what to expect and what is normal.
“An impacted tooth is a tooth that is positioned against another tooth, bone, or soft tissue so that it is unlikely to fully erupt through the gums to reach its normal position in the mouth,” Wellmont Health System explains.
“Impaction typically occurs in the third molars, also called “wisdom teeth.” Left untreated, about one in three people with an impacted tooth will develop a cyst in the soft tissue beneath the gum line, or other complications. Impaction can lead to Tooth Decay, gum inflammation or infection, and resorption of bone or adjacent teeth. An impacted tooth can also push against other teeth, causing misalignment of the bite,” Wellmont Health System advises.
After exposure of an impacted tooth it’s best not to disturb the wound. If surgical packing was placed, leave it alone. The pack helps to keep the tooth exposed. If it gets dislodged or falls out do not get alarmed.
Bleeding and swelling should not cause you a lot of concern. Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding which results in your mouth filling rapidly with blood can frequently be controlled by biting with pressure on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag or a plastic bag or towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously as much as possible for the first 36 hours.
Our staff at Sedaros Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implants is available to address any of your concerns about impacted teeth or wisdom teeth removal, so call our office today at (321) 610-7868 to schedule an appointment.