Wisdom teeth become impacted simply because they grow in a crooked or uneven way, and since all of your other teeth have grown out in normal position, the wisdom teeth do not have enough “space” to grow forward nicely.
Moreover, wisdom teeth can also grow at an awkward angle sideways, instead of growing downwards. Your adjacent teeth can become affected too because of the pressure exercised by the wisdom teeth which are trying to puncture your gums and grow out.
Impacted wisdom teeth: the symptoms
You might feel a constant tenderness in your gums, and even pain in the area where the tooth tries to break out. Infections and abscesses are also common with wisdom teeth, this is why most patients will opt to have the tooth extracted.
At times, you might experience some symptoms such as constant headaches or a very achy jaw, and you will not even imagine that the pain is actually related to an impacted wisdom tooth.
This is why it is extremely important to respect those regular dental checkups, because the dentist can tell you based on the dental X-ray or as a follow-up of the examination that you will experience problems with the wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth: the treatments
There is generally a lot of controversy going on regarding wisdom teeth. Some dentists say that the tooth must be removed, while others say it should not be removed. If your wisdom teeth have grown out regularly, and you do not experience any kind of pain then you should normally not remove the tooth. However, if wisdom teeth become impacted you should have it removed.
The removal process is more complex, since surgery and some stiches might be needed too, but it is definitely worth getting rid of the pain and discomfort associated with a tooth which has grown awkward and is causing you problems.
In extremely severe cases of impacted wisdom teeth, the expertise of a good oral surgeon is required.
Impacted wisdom teeth removal: the costs
Extraction of impacted teeth is more costly than a simple tooth extraction. Prepare yourself to pay anything between $200 and even up to $400, depending on the complexity of the surgery. Thus, if you need to extract two impacted teeth, the price will double.
Many patients choose to pay for their impacted wisdom tooth removal with the help of employer based insurance. You will still have to pay out of pocket the deductible, but a good portion could be covered by insurance.
An extremely affordable way to help you pay for the extraction, is by opting for a dental discount plan. Just research online, and search for a plan that you can afford. You only need to pay an annual membership, and then discounts apply automatically at the dentist when you go to get your dental treatment. You can save anything between 10% and up to 60% with the help of a dental discount plan.