Las muelas del juicio

¿Qué es un diente impactado?

Aunque la mayoría de las personas desarrollan y crecen 32 dientes adultos permanentes, muchas veces sus mandíbulas son demasiado pequeños para dar cabida a las cuatro muelas del juicio. When inadequate space prevents the teeth from erupting they are called muelas del juicio. This indicates their inability to erupt into the proper position for chewing and cleaning.

A diagram half mouth X-ray with teeth impaction and half digital graphic highlighting impacted teeth

Types Of Impactions

We will need to see you for a consultation to determine if you will benefit from extracción de cordales. A special x-ray of your mouth and jaws (panorex) will be taken to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is room for them to erupt, and how difficult it will be to have them removed.

  • La impactación de tejidos blandos: There is not enough room to allow the gum tissue to retract for adequate cleaning of the tooth.
  • La impactación parcial Bony: There is enough space to allow the wisdom tooth to partially erupt. sin embargo, the tooth cannot function properly in the chewing process, and creates cleaning problems, among others.
  • La impactación ósea completa: There is NO space for the tooth to erupt. It remains embedded in the jaw bone or if even partially visible requires complex surgical techniques for removal.The impacted wisdom tooth may also be in an unusual position and difficult to remove. This situation can also arise when the shape or size of the jaw bone and other facial structures make removal of this tooth significantly more complex.
A representation of a wisdom tooth impacted by soft tissueSoft Tissue
An example of a wisdom tooth with a partial bony impactionPartial Bony
An illustration of a wisdom tooth completely impacted by boneComplete Bony