WHAT IS AN IMPACTED TOOTH?
A tooth which has failed to erupt in its normal position in the mouth due to less space in the jaw or due to hindrance in its path by the adjacent tooth.
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO REMOVE AN IMPACTED TOOTH?
An impacted tooth may cause:
HOW IS AN IMPACTED TOOTH REMOVED?
It can be done either in Local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on patients requirements. It is done by a specialist (Oral surgeon). General minor surgical protocols of preparing the patient & sterilization procedures are carried out. Next the specialist gives a small cut intraorally on the overlying skin covering the impacted tooth. A flap is then reflected & the tooth is then exposed. Next overlying bone is removed if it is covering the tooth & then finally the tooth is gently lifted with special instruments from its socket. Sometimes splitting the tooth & removing it in pieces might be required. Finally, the socket is cleaned, bleeding if any is stopped & wound is closed with sutures.
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