Wisdom teeth extraction: What you should know

Wisdom teeth extraction,involves the complete removal of the third molars from the mouth, usually due to incomplete eruption, improper positioning, or the lack of sufficient space for them to grow properly.

The wisdom teeth are made up of a total of four molars. Two at the top and two at the bottom on either side of the jaw. The age of appearance of these teeth usually varies depending on genetics but is usually between 15 and 30 years.In many people, the wisdom teeth erupt abnormally in the following ways:

  • Non-erupted wisdom teeth: Here, the tooth has not broken through the gum tissue and therefore there is no wisdom tooth.
  • Erupted wisdom teeth: In this case, the crown is completely outside and the root is located in the bone.
  • Semi-erupted wisdom teeth: It is common for the tooth to stop growing mid eruption, which can be painful and often causes infections.
  • Wisdom teeth impaction: This occurs when the tooth is embedded in the jaw bone, presenting in two ways. Either growing at an angle or positioned upright but trapped inside the jawbone.

When to remove wisdom teeth

If you are having problems with one or more wisdom teeth, we recommend you first schedule an appointment at one of our specialist clinics to get a comprehensive dental exam. Using the latest equipment, a dentist will take an image of your jaw structure to visualize the position of the wisdom teeth, the shape of their roots, and their position in relation to adjacent teeth. Only then is it possible to determine if extraction is the best option.

In most cases, the best time to remove wisdom teeth is usually when there is not enough space in the mouth for the molar to grow properly.Extraction may also be necessary when the wisdom tooth is impacted, and is causing severe pain. Due to the accumulation of plaque, generated by bacteria or food trapped around the wisdom tooth, removal is often the best option as it can cause serious problems, such as caries, cysts, and serious gum disease.

At the Mexico Dental Network, we have experienced specialists to extract wisdom teeth painlessly and at an affordable rate. Get in touch with us today to get expert advice or schedule an appointment.

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