Horizontally impacted teeth are portals for infection to enter the body.
Left untreated they create tremendous health risk for the dental patient.
Dentists find themselves having to remove impacted wisdom teeth also known as third molars.
For most patients wisdom teeth are hard to reach and keep clean.
Their position in the jaw is one of the reasons their removal is recommended.
The size of the jaws in relation to the position of these teeth have been a problem for mankind for many years.
They can erupt into the mouth pointing out towards the cheek, or partially erupt forming a food trap around their coronal aspect.
Third molars at times stay submerged and bacteria over the years is trapped around them causing mouth oder and abscess formation.
Antibiotics can be used in the short term but plan to remove them for better oral health.
Parents seeking consultation are usually told patients can have third molars removed in the early teens.
Infection deep within the jaw spreads from the formation of bacterial gases expanding at a steady rate.
Pain ensues because of pressure build up within hard tissues.
Some of your more difficult teeth to remove are horizontally impacted teeth.
In relation to the tooth growth patterns any tooth has the potential to grow at angles different from their normal positions.
Mid jaw smaller molars known as premolars can be trapped under the gums, crowded out of their normal position.
They become crowded out of their normal positions because deciduous teeth may be lost before the final eruption sequence into the oral cavity.
It requires orthodontic intervention to surgically access horizontally impacted cuspids in the maxillary jaw.
A small access preparation exposes the cuspid and ligature wire is used to engage it, guiding the tooth over time into a more normal position.
View the mouth as a class one over system similar to a nutcracker.
Most of the more profound chewing occurs in the most posterior part of the mouth where the psi of chewing stroke is highest and most efficient.
A nutcracker functions in the same manner.
Patients are encouraged to maintain their teeth in order to not overwork them. Molars are designed to take on the load of chewing.
Horzontally impacted teeth can bemore difficult to remove than erupted teeth because they grow at angles subgingivally.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://www.dentist4you.biz