For the most part, a wisdom tooth can be identified during adolescence and early adulthood. Your dentist should be able to monitor the development of the molar and see if it will sprout out on the correct angle and/or it will end up impacted onto the second molar. This is when your dentists might have to take action.
If the tooth has «communication» with the mouth, IE, if it shows up through your gums your teeth will likely get cavities or produce inflammation on the surrounding gums. If they are impacted, the 2nd molar might also develop cavities. On other cases the root of the healthy molar will be impacted, causing severe pain.
The way a dentist extracts wisdom teeth can vary depending on the case. If there is already inflammation, antibiotics might be required previous to the procedure. If the tooth is not impacted, she will make an incision on the flap to reveal the affected area and elevate the tooth. The flaps are then re-positioned and sutures are made. The sutures will dissolve and the area will heal.
Sometimes bone removal to extract the teeth will be necessary, as well as sectioning of the wisdom tooth in smaller pieces for removal. An upper wisdom tooth will be required to get extracted if it over-erupts causing biting problems and even tissue trauma on the lower gums if there is no tooth in there. This is why is is highly recommended to get both extracted to avoid further complications.
Like in any other surgery procedure there are small risks that you should talk to with your dentists, specially if your wisdom tooth is too close to the facial nerve on your mouth. Our dentists in Cancun will be able to give you a full evaluation during your vacation in Cancun. If you want to know more about our dental services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.