Wisdom teeth usually grow out during the early twenties for most patients at which most of the time the patient has already had their 28 adult teeth already fully grown and in place. Sometimes a person can have one tooth, two, three, or even all four of their wisdom teeth grow out at some point of their life.
In some cases there isn’t enough space for the wisdom tooth/teeth to grow out properly which could result in patients needed to get one or more of their wisdom teeth extracted. Wisdom teeth that grow out at a certain angle, emerge partially, or get stuck are known as impacted. There are several different types of impacted wisdom teeth which include:
- Horizontal Impaction – Grows Horizontally
- Vertical Impaction – Wisdom tooth can’t break through the gums because it’s stuck against the next tooth
- Mesial Impaction – Grows at an angle facing the front of the mouth
- Distal Impaction – Grows away from the tooth next to it
Why Wisdom Teeth are extracted
Impacted wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth that have not been able to fully break through the surface of your gum line can cause issues over time. Bacteria and food particles can build up and get trapped leading to gum disease, infections, and tooth decay. For this reason if you have a wisdom tooth that is giving your problems you should contact our office immediately to let Dr. Santos take a look at them.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process: Dr. Santos will have to take X-rays of your wisdom teeth in order to get a better understanding of why you are experiencing pain and if they need to be removed or not. There will be some swelling and discomfort after the tooth is removed with the first couple of days being the worse. The dentist will be able to give you some pain medication to help cope with the discomfort, but after a couple of weeks everything should be back to normal.