Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom Teeth

Any tooth can fail to emerge or fully break through the gum tissue, which is called an impacted tooth. Many times this happens to third molars or wisdom teeth – as many people refer to them. One common problem associated with impacted wisdom teeth is called pericornitis which is an inflammation and infection of the surrounding gum tissues, which is commonly painful. When the crown of an impacted wisdom tooth comes into contact with the root of a neighboring tooth, the result may not only be pain, but also can cause serious damage to the neighboring tooth. Impacted teeth can often times lead to the formation of cysts which can literally destroy large portions of the jaw.

Often times, it is best to have wisdom teeth removed at an early age. If impacted wisdom teeth remain in the mouth through a person’s middle age, the bone can harden and the roots will mature to a point that it will make a subsequent removal much more challenging and the recovery timelier. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth left in the mouth past the teen years may cause permanent damage to the gum and supporting bone. That’s why the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons supports the removal of potentially troublesome wisdom teeth, if necessary, in the teens or early 20’s.

Although the surgical removal of impacted and unerupted teeth may be stressful, Dr. Arteaga will help with pain relieving techniques. The choice of anesthesia can include local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthetics. Hospitalization may be required as determined by dental necessity i.e.: the severity of the surgical procedure and/or the medical and physical status of the patient.

Dr. Arteaga is always available to help you determine the condition in which your wisdom teeth are, and the proper treatment if deemed necessary. Dr. Arteaga Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has superior anesthesia management to insure their patients comfort.

If you should be experiencing difficulties with your wisdom teeth or have questions about the condition of your wisdom teeth, have your general dentist or orthodontist refer you or you may call Dr. Arteaga, to arrange a consultation appointment.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimal safety. We utilize modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques