Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they partially erupt, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, the physicians can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. If the extraction of wisdom teeth is needed, all outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort.
To learn more, visit: High Desert Oral & Facial Surgery.
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1770 Cimarron Rialto Pl.
El Paso TX 79912