Third molars, sometimes known as wisdom teeth, are the last permanent teeth to appear in the mouth. These teeth typically erupt when one is around 17 to 21 years old. Regrettably, not everyone develops their third set of molars. Some people’s wisdom teeth normally emerge, just like the rest of their molars.
Impaction occurs when a tooth, most commonly the third molar, cannot emerge properly due to a lack of space in the mouth. If you struggle with impacted wisdom teeth, our dentists at Vega Dental in Burnaby, BC, will be available to help.
When wisdom teeth are impacted, eruption may be incomplete or nonexistent. An impacted wisdom tooth may grow at an angle toward the neighboring tooth or the second molar or an angle toward the back of the mouth.
Wisdom teeth can also grow at right angles to the rest of the teeth, resulting in the tooth being positioned horizontally within the jawbone. They develop vertically or horizontally, like other teeth, but become immovable once they reach the jawbone.
If your impacted wisdom teeth cause any of the following problems, it is strongly advised that you have it extracted:
Dentists disagree on whether or not to extract a non-problematic impacted wisdom tooth. Complications from impacted wisdom teeth can be difficult to predict in the future. Preventative extraction, on the other hand, can help in different ways:
Contact our dentists at Vega Dental in Burnaby, BC, to learn about wisdom tooth extraction.