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What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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This post from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM is about your third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.

Evolution isn’t always tidy and linear. We have smaller jaws than our ancestors thousands of years ago, but most of our bodies haven’t adapted by generating fewer teeth. Two-thirds of us create the same amount of teeth as early humans. These late-developing extra molars are called wisdom teeth and they pose unique oral conditions.

When a wisdom tooth tries to erupt but is obstructed by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted and can result in:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Tooth decay
  • Gingivitis

It’s challenging to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of tooth decay, we pay special attention to them. They can also cause tooth decay in the neighboring molars.

If they are causing troubles, we will recommend they be removed. We may also recommend extraction to prevent future troubles.

It is estimated that 85% of wisdom teeth need to be extracted. This is a routine outpatient procedure. Most patients experience minimal pain and recover in a few days.

If your high-schooler still has their wisdom teeth and is going away to college this fall, we recommend an exam here at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM before they leave. We offer a wide varity of family dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-326-6800

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

 

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