Posts for tag: Teeth Extractions

By Mission Hill Dental
December 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are considering wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX, Dr. Horacio Lucero of Mission Hill Dental is available for consultation about the process. For most people, your third set of molars will erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. For some people, this is painless and they just come in and help you to chew better. Unfortunately, that is not the most common scenario. About 85% of people will not keep their wisdom teeth for a lifetime. 

Once you reach the correct age, your dentist will start to monitor your wisdom teeth and whether or not you are one of the lucky ones whose teeth will come in correctly. For most people, one of the following reasons for having your wisdom teeth extracted will happen:

The wisdom teeth are impacted

When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted it is stuck under the gums. Often there is not enough room for it to come out or it is growing at the wrong angle. Your dentist will take an x-ray to see what is going on. Wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX is called for if the tooth is causing pain or other problems. 

The wisdom teeth coming in crooked

When wisdom teeth come in crooked they can interfere with other teeth. This causes pain and over time may cause the other teeth to shift. 

The wisdom teeth come in partially 

When wisdom teeth only come in partially, they are a perfect place for food and then bacteria to accumulate. This can lead to pain and infection. The infection is called pericoronitis and is more common in the lower teeth than upper teeth. Two treatment options are available; removing the flap of skin that is partially covering the tooth or extracting the tooth. Wisdom teeth extraction is usually considered when the wisdom teeth are causing pain and not performing any practical purpose. For most people, the human mouth just doesn't have enough room for the extra four molars. 

Depending on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, partially impacted or all the way erupted, your extraction may require slightly different procedures. The recovery time will vary depending on whether surgery is involved or not. Expect your recovery to be between 2-4 weeks and follow pretty much the same process as any other tooth extraction. If you need wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX, Dr. Lucero and his team at Mission Hill Dental are ready to provide the service you need. Give the office a call at (830) 625-7322.