An unerupted tooth is a tooth that has formed but has yet to emerge into your mouth. Teeth that fail to erupt can damage your surrounding teeth, gums, and supporting bone. The unerupted teeth can also lead to the formation of tumors and cysts that will severely disrupt your jaw. It is because of all these risks that our dental surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro, finds it necessary to extract any unerupted teeth. Most unerupted teeth are among third molars, better known as your wisdom teeth. Third molars are the last of your teeth to develop so by the time they are ready to erupt, there is often no room for them in the jaw line. When this is the case, these third molars remain beneath the gums and become potential problems for you and your dental health. Your cuspids, the four pointy teeth surrounding your front teeth, and bicuspids, the teeth between your cuspids and molars, are also known to become impacted and should be extracted by our dental surgeon.
As our local dental surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro will explain, your unerupted teeth can eventually cause symptoms such as, pain, swelling, and infection in your surrounding tissues. X-rays will detect the presence of any unerupted teeth and should be extracted before any painful symptoms begin. While our dental surgeon can treat partial impacts under local anesthesia, deeper impacts will often require a patient to be put to sleep under general anesthesia. When orthodontic treatment is needed, unerupted teeth are often extracted during the treatment to eliminate the risk of the tooth finally erupting and then disrupting the alignment of your newly straightened teeth.
In some situations tooth extractions may need to be temporarily postponed by dental surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro. For instance, if an infection has progressed from the tooth into your bone, it may decrease the potency of anesthesia and will be treated with antibiotics before the unerupted tooth can be extracted. Before an extraction our dental surgeon will take your medical and dental history to be sure that you are ready and able to have the procedure.