An impacted tooth is when you have a tooth that is blocked from breaking through the gum. In some cases, teeth are partially impacted, but can still cause issues. Impacted teeth are usually found during your regular exam in the dentist office on an x-ray. Impacted teeth are usually because your mouth does not have the proper space for the tooth, or are caused from genetics.

At Lompoc Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we provide the highest level of care, and our exams can identify impacted teeth, and provide the proper treatment to avoid complications in the future.

Symptoms of an Impacted Tooth

• Bad breath
• Bleeding or swollen gums
• Pain or difficulty when you open your mouth
• Pain during chewing or biting

What Teeth Are Typically Impacted?

Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth that are typically impacted. They are the last teeth to erupt, and typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. In some cases, the jaw and mouth are just too small to allow the wisdom teeth to come in. Wisdom teeth are usually removed if they are causing a problem, or if they are impacted because wisdom teeth are not needed.

In addition to wisdom teeth, the canines are another tooth that is typically impacted. These are the upper eye teeth in the mouth. Canines play an important role in our mouths, and treatment is typically recommended to help these teeth erupt properly.

How Are Impacted Teeth Treated?


Impacted teeth may not cause any symptoms or pain, and in some cases waiting is the appropriate approach. Regular visits to the office are required to keep a close eye on the impacted tooth to ensure no problems develop.

Oral Surgery

If the patient is experiencing any symptoms or pain, extraction surgery may be recommended. This is when the impacted tooth is extracted surgically. Tooth extraction surgery is an outpatient procedure, and usually takes between 40-60 minutes. Local anesthesia is used to keep you pain free and comfortable. The recovery can take between 7-10 days, and patients can return to their normal routine a few days after surgery.

When the canine teeth are impacted instead of removing the teeth, doctors can install chains, or other orthodontic appliances to help the teeth erupt into place. If there are teeth blocking the canines, tooth extraction may also be necessary. In rare cases, if the tooth can not erupt, the impacted tooth is removed, and a dental bridge or implant can be used to replace the tooth.

If impacted teeth are not treated properly problems may develop including decay, infection, crowding, or absorption of bone. If you think you have symptoms of an impacted tooth, or are due for your regular exam, we encourage you to contact our office.

Ready To Find Out More About Impacted Teeth?

If you think you may have an issue, or are due for your regular exam, contact our oral surgeon in Lompoc, CA. Treating impacted teeth is important to help prevent infection or damage to surrounding teeth. Attending your regular visits to our office can help identify impacted teeth early, and get in front of any issues before they develop. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and always treat patients with the highest level of care. We want you to know you are in good hands when you visit our office, and our staff will work to ensure your experience is positive.

To schedule your appointment, contact Lompoc Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

When you have oral surgery, the recovery is important to ensure you heal properly. During the healing process, it is important to eat the right foods. If you are well prepared at home your recovery will go smooth. We recommend patients plan ahead and purchase soft food items prior to their surgery, so they have choices ready to go when they return home from their procedure.

At Lompoc Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our team will discuss what to eat and what to expect during the recovery period. This allows our patients to ask questions, and ensures they are prepared for the healing process. We provide a detailed list of recovery tips and food items patients should have on hand at home during their recovery.

What Are Examples of Oral Surgery Procedures that Require Special Foods Afterwards?

• Dental Implants
• Sinus Lift
• Bone Grafting
• Ridge Augmentation
• Wisdom Teeth
• Impacted Canines
• Jaw Surgery
• Teeth-in-a-Day

What Are Examples of Oral Surgery Procedures that Require Special Foods Afterwards?

• Soups
• Juices
• Scrambled Eggs
• Jell-O
• Pudding
• Popsicles
• Applesauce
• Ice cream
• Smoothies
• Oatmeal
• Mashed Potatoes
• Rice
• Pasta
• Fish
• Soft Fruit

What Foods Should I Avoid After Surgery?

• Hard or sticky foods
• Chewy foods
• Spicy Foods
• Alcoholic beverages

On the day of your surgery, we recommend only drinking clear fluids. Patients can gradually move towards soft foods as they heal. It is important to make sure you eat during recovery to promote proper healing. Drinking out of a straw should be avoided, as this can disrupt the surgery area. To optimize healing, patients can increase their protein intake to help the healing process. Stay hydrated and avoid strenuous physical activity. Patients can resume brushing and flossing, but should be careful around the surgery area. Keeping up with oral hygiene and keeping the area clean is important.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral surgery and the recovery process, we encourage you to contact our oral surgeon in Lompoc, CA. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and always provide the highest level of care to all of our patients. We provide a calm and welcoming environment, and use state of the art technology to make your experience exceptional. When you choose an oral surgeon, you want to know you are in good hands, and at Lompoc Oral &  Maxillofacial Surgery, we provide quality dental care that you can trust.

To schedule your appointment contact us and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.