What is a full bony impacted wisdom tooth?
A full-bony or fully impacted wisdom tooth is a type of tooth that never breaks through the gums. It is completely embedded in the jawbone. A wisdom tooth becomes impacted when there’s no enough room for it to erupt.
Fully impacted wisdom teeth usually grow facing different abnormal positions. They can grow angled towards other teeth (mesial impaction), the rear of the mouth (distal impaction), grow straight upward (vertical impaction), or parallel to the gum line (horizontal impaction).
Unfortunately, impacted teeth pose dental risks. We have prepared this post covering everything you need to know about full-bony impacted wisdom teeth.
Signs and symptoms of a full bony impacted tooth
Some people may not experience any problem when they have fully impacted wisdom teeth, while others will show the signs and symptoms that require the attention of a doctor. The most common signs include:
· Jaw pain
· Swollen or red gums
· Tender and sore gums
· Swelling around the jaw
· Bad breath and taste
· Difficulty opening the mouth.
What are the consequences of a full bony impacted wisdom tooth?
If the impacted tooth is not removed, it can be a source of dental problems, including:
· Cysts formation: Fluid-filled sacs might form in your jawbone. They will not only destroy the bone but also damage the roots and nerves of the adjacent teeth.
· Crowding of the nearby teeth: As the full-bony impacted wisdom teeth expand, the adjacent teeth become subjected to the risk of shifting from their correct position. If this happens, the nearby teeth may appear crowded.
· Damaging of the adjacent teeth: People with horizontally impacted wisdom teeth face an increased risk. Growing parallel to the gum line can mean hitting other healthy teeth, which might cause erosion cavity. Eventually, the teeth get damaged.
· Infection: If a fully impacted wisdom tooth leads to overcrowding of the adjacent teeth, you might find it difficult to clean the crowded teeth properly. Unfortunately, this can lead to infections, cavities, decay, and gum disease.
Full bony impacted wisdom tooth removal cost
When a fully impacted tooth causes recurrent pain and swelling of the gums at the back of your jaw, it can be difficult to avoid crushing fees. Please note that removing full-bony wisdom teeth requires more extensive surgery than any other type of teeth.
The high degree of difficulty means high treatment costs. On average, patients can expect to pay $850 for removing a single fully impacted wisdom tooth. But generally, most oral surgeons charge between $600 and $1,100.
Other costs that might affect your final bill include fees related to dental exams, sedation, and diagnostic tests like X-rays and cone-beam CT scans.
See Also: Wisdom Tooth Removal Costs
Procedure for removing fully impacted wisdom teeth
Your oral surgeon will run diagnostic tests to determine the position of the teeth and type of impaction. As we mentioned earlier in this post, there can be vertical, horizontal, distal, and mesial impaction. If the teeth are not causing you any pain but likely to affect the other teeth, the doctor may recommend an extraction surgery that typically takes about half an hour.
The dentist usually administers local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, or general anesthesia before surgery. The oral surgeon will cut your gums open to remove the affected bone, allowing for easy sectioning and removal of the impacted tooth. Once the doctor takes out the tooth, they will curette and irrigate the incision site before closing it with stitches. The doctor will also dress the wound in some gauze.
While the recovery period varies, patients usually heal within six weeks when they follow the dental care guidelines provided by a dentist after surgery. For example, they may suggest eating soft foods for at least one week.
Patients will feel some pain and discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. The doctor may recommend using cold compressors or over-the-counter medication like Aspirin for pain relief.
Fully impacted wisdom tooth extraction surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. Therefore, patients are expected to go home after surgery. If you experience excessive bleeding and swelling that doesn’t go away after a few days, make sure to return to your doctor as soon as possible.
Some patients may develop painful dry sockets. If you experience a dry socket, visit the dentist because the condition can expose the nerves and bones in your gums. Leaving it untreated can cause infection and prolong your recovery.