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Impacted Teeth

While growing up we can experience many, many wonderful moments. However sometimes problems can occur as we grow up; either sport accidents and health or oral problems. Among teenagers the most common oral problem they have are periodontal diseases, crooked teeth and in some cases impacted teeth.

A normal visit to the dentist can prevent and repair many of the common diseases suffer during the adolescence; for example if you have crooked teeth, braces can straighten them and visiting your dentist periodical can prevent or repair periodontal diseases. Unfortunately, this is not the case with impacted teeth.

Impacted Teeth: What is it?

An impacted tooth is a tooth that gets blocked as it is erupting (coming out) through your gum.

Wisdom teeth usually begin to come out between the ages of 17 - 21 and these are the most commonly impacted teeth.

Wisdom teeth are composed by the third molars and they have trouble erupting because there's not enough room in your mouth for them. When an impacted tooth tries to come out, this can cause infections or swelling. You will likely feel pain in your jaw as these come out, but this is only one of the symptoms.


The symptoms associated with impacted teeth include:

• Bad breath
• Bad Taste in the Mouth
• Difficulty when opening your jaw
• Pain when biting or chewing
• Pain when openning your Mouth
• Swelling in the gums and back of your mouth

An impacted tooth will grow tilted and push neighboring molars, changing the way your teeth come together or causing cysts to growth in the jaw. Regular visits to the dentist can help you prevent periodontal diseases and keep your mouth clean and free of infection. Pain can occur and disappear by itself after a few days, but return a few months or weeks later if not treated.

Only through visiting your dentist, the dentist can diagnose and determine if your wisdom teeth and back molars are coming out correctly and will not cause any shifts on your teeth.


To adequately diagnose if you have an impacted teeth, your dentist will first examine the jaw area and take an x-ray to show where your wisdom teeth are and if they are growing correctly or impacted.

Many patients fear taking x-rays, because of the possible side effects; but this shouldn’t be the case, Sani Dental Group wants you to feel safe, secure and comfortable during your visit. Keep in mind that we have our own x-ray room and are here to help you.

If you would like to read more information regarding x-rays, we invite you to read our blog: Dental X-Ray.


There are several treatments options that can help you relieve pain, but this relieve will only be temporary. If your tooth continues to cause pain or interfere with surrounding teeth, the best solution is to take it out.

Fact: If you rise your mouth with warm salt water, you will be able to relieve minor oral irritation (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water).

The extraction of your tooth extraction can take between 5 - 30 minutes it will depend on the tooth location and if surgery is require. However, before removing the tooth, your dentist will explain to you the dental procedure and if anesthesia or other sedatives will be use.

Recommendation: Do not eat anything at least 6 hours before surgery, your dentist will provide more details during the diagnosis.

After the surgery you won’t be able to certain foods for a few days, might feel swelling of the check and jaw; but after a few days and carefully following your dentists instructions you will fully recover.

To prevent future problems, patients have had all four wisdom teeth taken out at once. Sani Dental Group advices you to check with the dentists and discuss if this is an option for you or not.

Fact: There is no way to prevent an impacted tooth, you can only prevent cavities by brushing and flossing.

The steps and procedures mentioned in this post are procedures available in the medical field; however, not all these treatments and procedures are perform at Sani Dental Group. To confirm if this procedure is perform at our dental clinics, please contact us directly. 

If you are planning to escape the cool weather the North is experiencing (Northern US and Canada) we invite you to come to Los Algodones, Mexico a city near Yuma, Az. Keep in mind that Los Algodones is the capital of Dental Tourism, when in the city you will find many dental clinics, however the largest dental clinics in Algodones is Sani Dental Group.

If you are experiencing pain in your back molars or in the wisdom teeth, come to our dental clinic. Visiting your dentist can treat and stop this pain and Sani Dental Group has more 25 professional dentist capable of performing this and many other dental procedure.