Impacted Teeth in Pasadena, CA
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What Are Impacted Teeth?
As the jaws develop, the teeth grow through the soft tissues and take on their roles in oral health. In some instances, however, certain teeth could be trapped in the bone and gums without the ability to fully erupt. This condition is called having an impacted tooth or teeth and might present discomfort or additional oral concerns in certain situations. Adult and baby teeth can become trapped in the jaw resulting from several conditions, including not enough room for a tooth to grow in properly or teeth that are too angled. At The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery, we perform skilled care for impacted canines, wisdom teeth, and other types of tooth impaction to help children and adults receive the care required for increased dental wellness. To explore your options for treating impacted teeth, contact our practice in Pasadena, CA to book a consultation with Dr. Husam Elias.
How Are Impacted Teeth Treated?
Younger and older patients might be affected by a tooth impaction; however, the older a person gets, it is far less likely it will grow in on its own. Even though any type of tooth could be stuck in the jaw, Dr. Elias finds that the condition frequently involves third molars (wisdom teeth) and the eye teeth (canines). For some patients, an impacted tooth may not cause harm to the mouth and can simply be left alone and monitored. But if such a tooth is threatening your oral health or comfort, seek treatment at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery. Candidates for tooth impaction treatment are often those who have:
- Discomfort or swelling in the mouth or jaw
- Delayed eruption of a tooth
- Retained baby teeth
- Extra teeth present in the jaw
- Malpositioned, tipped, or rotated teeth
- An unusually small jaw or narrow dental arch
- Overcrowding of the teeth
- Traumatic mouth or jaw injuries
- Cysts or other growths preventing tooth eruption
During your consultation at our practice, our team will take an x-ray of your jaw so that they can evaluate the impacted tooth and map its location, and then determine the ideal form of treatment. Fully or partially impacted wisdom teeth or other problematic teeth may require extraction. For impacted canines, we may perform a treatment to expose the surface of the tooth to allow for the attachment of an orthodontic appliance, which can guide the tooth into proper eruption. Impacted teeth treatments are generally performed under local anesthesia, but additional sedation dentistry services may also be available. Our team may work closely with other dental practitioners to provide comprehensive care for impacted teeth.
A member of our team will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow once your tooth impaction treatment is complete. You will need an adult friend or family member to drive you home if you received certain types of sedation. Pain medications or cold compresses to your face may be recommended to ease swelling, discomfort, or other symptoms as you heal. Our team will also provide tips on how to care for your teeth and gums as your mouth recovers, such as avoiding spitting, smoking, and the use of a straw following tooth extractions. We can help you set up a follow-up visit at our Pasadena, CA office so can ensure your mouth is healing properly.
Pacific Coast Center Reviews
I seriously cannot say enough good things about Dr Elias and his whole team. I was referred to Dr Elias from my dentist to remove an impacted tooth and do a bone graft for a future implant, it was somewhat complex (too many details to explain) but from the minute I met Dr Elias I felt I was in good hands. He took his time explaining the procedure, what it would entail and answering questions. On the day of the surgery I was so nervous but his staff put me at ease reminding me he was a pro. The surgery was done in no time and when I awoke I just felt numb. I was prescribed a couple of pain medicines but didn’t have to use any of them because I NEVER felt any pain. Dr Elias and his team called to check in on me later that night and I did two follow-up appointments and Dr Elias spent the same amount of time answering questions in my follow-ups as he did on my initial consultation. I was really impressed with his skills as an oral surgeon but he is also a very nice person and truly goes out of his way to have a good relationship with his patients. He employs a great team as well!
WOW! Dr. Elias surpassed all of my typically very skeptic expectations. As a VERY nervous patient (the kind who can cry with low pain tolerance and fear of needles), it is very hard to find a dentist/oral surgeon who is patient enough to take their time with me. Dr Elias was not only patient, but gave me the dignity to speak freely over any concerns, answered my questions thoroughly, and put me at complete ease earning his trust very quickly. This is NOT the kind of doctor who overbooks patients and rushes, or patronizes you telling you what they think you want to hear to get your business. Going in for my first wisdom tooth extraction and reading up ahead, I prepared myself for pain both during and after. Dr. Elias suggested that we could probably just use nitrous gas along with the local numbing. He was sure to listen to my request to numb me well (which didn’t hurt since I was comfortable). He came back a few minutes later to check the numbing and before I had realized he had even started he was DONE! I was amazed! Now, I can’t speak for others who may have extremely impacted teeth since mine had already broken the surface. But, the simple fact is, this was still a wisdom tooth and I didn’t feel a thing! No pain at all! And, with it seeming to be so effortless for him, it is a true testament to this man’s skills! But the most surprising part is that while I’m writing this the day after the surgery I am still pain free (no meds needed). Even after the numbing wore off, I didn’t feel any pain... only a pressure feeling as the clot was forming (much like the pressure you’d feel if you get a large piece of food stuck between your teeth). I didn’t have to use any of the pain meds that were given to me, and today I’m just being very careful/gentle so the clot stays in and everything can heal well. This was nothing like the nightmare I had prepared myself for, and while it may have only been one erupted wisdom tooth, I feel the overall outcome would have been very different with another doctor. After seeing about 10-15 dentists or oral surgeons in the last 5 years (due to how much I had let my mouth go and mainly because of switching from bad doctor experiences), I can honestly say I trust this man with my mouth. Dr. Elias’ bedside manner, skills, and professionalism are a triple threat that is very hard to find in a world of dental sales pitches. I should also mention that the entire staff was all very kind, but I had to ask the names of about 5 of the 8 I met lol All very sweet and patient nonetheless. I appreciated Alex’s upbeat and, more importantly, genuine energy the most as he helped me multiple times. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a patient, honest, and skilled doctor, then Dr. Elias is the guy, ESPECIALLY if you have the sensitive phobias paired with the high standards that I do. I very much appreciate him for what he does and how he does it.
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Protect Your Smile Against Impacted Teeth
Treating an impacted tooth may help reduce the risk of oral infection, crowding, discomfort, and other oral health effects. The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery cares for Pasadena, CA patients and manages the condition to help preserve your overall oral health. Learn more about your impacted teeth treatment options by scheduling a visit at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery today.