If your wisdom teeth become impacted, our oral surgeons at Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock can assist you with an oral consultation and secondary appointment for the extraction procedure. Impacted wisdom teeth should always be examined and removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our excellent surgeon, Dr. Robert B. Ioppolo, has years of experience extracting wisdom teeth from our surgical suite in Lubbock, TX.
Impacted wisdom teeth are wisdom teeth that become partially trapped beneath the gums and unable to grow or function like the rest of your surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in and are typically large, which means they most often grow in at an angle and don’t have enough room to erupt fully. Wisdom teeth that become trapped or damaged can cause infections in the tissue of your gums. If the impacted molars have been left to grow in for a lengthy period, a cyst or tumor is likely to develop around the distressed molars.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth do not always present painful or noticeable symptoms, making them hard for the average patient to detect. In many cases, it is not until the hidden molars develop a serious infection or cause discomfort that patients visit the dentist and discover their wisdom teeth are impacted. If you experience any of the symptoms below, your wisdom teeth may have become impacted or infected:
- Pain or discomfort around your rear molars when eating or drinking
- Consistent bad breath or a continuous poor taste in your mouth at all times
- Trouble moving or opening your jaw that can also cause pain
- Swelling of the gums around the back of your mouth
Wisdom Teeth Procedures at Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock
If your wisdom teeth are impacted or you are ready to have them removed as a precautionary measure, contact our home office in Lubbock, TX. We will gladly get you set up for an oral consultation to determine your treatment process.