You may need to have a wisdom tooth removed because it is impacted. Often there is not enough room for the tooth to properly erupt. It may not erupt at all, partially erupt or come in at an improper angle. An impacted wisdom tooth can increase your chances of infections, alignment problems, tooth decay and discomfort. At Grand Traverse Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centers, our oral surgeons will give you a thorough examination to determine the nature of the impacted tooth.
If the tooth cannot erupt and remains completely in the jawbone, you will require a surgical extraction. This is known as a complete bony impaction. In a partial bony impaction, the tooth may be able to erupt up to a certain point but could be difficult to clean and may inhibit your ability to eat or speak. In some cases, the tooth may erupt, but the gum tissue still covers much of the tooth surface. This is called a soft tissue impaction.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for an impacted wisdom tooth removal in Traverse City, Michigan, or in Alpena, Cadillac or Gaylord, call our office today. We will be happy to see you for an examination and do everything possible to keep you comfortable during your visit.