Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can cause a variety of oral health problems if they don’t fully erupt or if they become impacted. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are especially concerning, as they can be difficult to clean and can lead to a host of other dental issues. If you have partially erupted wisdom teeth, it’s important to understand the potential risks and to take steps to protect your oral health.
What is a Partially Erupted Wisdom Tooth?
Whenever a wisdom tooth (third molar) begins to erupt through the gums but doesn’t erupt all of the way, it’s considered “partially erupted.” A part of the tooth is still submerged under the gum tissues.
A tooth can be partially erupted if there isn’t enough room for it to erupt properly, or if it’s wedged against its neighboring tooth.
Partially Erupted Wisdom Teeth are Hard to Clean
When wisdom teeth are only partially erupted, they can be difficult to brush and floss thoroughly. Food particles, plaque, and bacteria can accumulate in the hard-to-reach areas around the partially erupted tooth, leading to recurring tooth decay and gum disease. This can also increase your risk of developing an infection or abscess in the area.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Can Spread
If partially erupted wisdom teeth develop infections such as tooth decay and gum disease, those issues can spread to the surrounding teeth. This can cause pain, swelling, and a host of other oral health problems, including tooth loss and added dental expenses.
Are My Wisdom Teeth Impacted or Partially Impacted?
If you’re unsure whether your wisdom teeth are impacted or partially impacted, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a dental professional. During your appointment, our Ellis County wisdom tooth specialist will examine your mouth and take x-rays to determine the position of your wisdom teeth and assess whether they are impacted or partially impacted.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If your wisdom teeth are partially erupted or impacted, you may need to have them removed. This is a common procedure, and our oral surgeon will be able to explain the steps involved and answer any questions you may have. In some cases, partially erupted wisdom teeth should be removed. Our Ellis County specialist will be able to determine the best course of action for you based on your individual situation.
At Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery, we understand the importance of properly caring for your wisdom teeth. Our team of experienced dental professionals and wisdom tooth specialist are dedicated to providing safe, effective, and personalized dental care to help our patients achieve their oral health goals.
If you have partially erupted wisdom teeth or are concerned about the health of your wisdom teeth, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. We’ll be more than happy to evaluate your third molars, discuss your options for treatment, and help you determine the best course of action for maintaining a healthy and functional smile.