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Third Molar

or Wisdom Teeth Treatment

Wisdom teeth are the third-last permanent molars. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. These teeth are commonly called wisdom teeth because they usually erupt between the ages of 16 to 21, known as the ‘age of wisdom’. A wisdom tooth is impacted when it is obstructed from erupting fully into the mouth by the tooth in front of it or the surrounding bone or gums.

Problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth

Improperly erupted wisdom teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and may cause tooth decay, sometimes even affecting the neighbouring teeth. Infection of the overlying gums can take place as well, resulting in pain and swelling.

More serious problems such as the formation of cysts or tumours around an impacted tooth can occur, leading to destruction of the surrounding jawbone and neighbouring teeth. These conditions may require complex and extensive treatment. As problems can develop silently, without your knowledge, a check-up with your dentist is thus advisable.

Wisdom tooth surgery

This is a minor surgical procedure that can usually be performed with little discomfort. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia (with or without sedation to control anxiety) or general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will advise you on the type most appropriate for your needs.

The surgery involves uncovering the tooth by lifting the overlying gums aside to expose the tooth and bone. The tooth may need to be sectioned in order to remove it. The gums are then stitched back.

Clinic Phone Numbers

La Antigua Clinic: (502) 7832-0125 & 7888-4688
Zone Pradera Clinic: (502) 2261-6875
Carretera a El Salvador: (502) 6637-0234 & 6637-0235

Clinic Phone Numbers

La Antigua Guatemala Clinic: (502) 7832-0125 & 7888-4688
Zona Empresarial Pradera Clinic: (502) 2261-6875
Condado Concepción: (502) 6637-0234 & 6637-0235