Have you been told that you need your wisdom teeth? Have you been putting off having your wisdom teeth removed due to FEAR?
Many people are born with too many teeth and too little space in their mouth. If your jawbone is too small to accommodate wisdom teeth, your teeth may become impacted and trapped. Impacted and trapped teeth cause pain, and the roots may disrupt neighboring teeth. Fortunately, our dentist can remove extra teeth and prevent pain. Removal is one of the easiest preventative measures for wisdom teeth complications.
We recommend most patients have their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early 20s (but every patient is different). Most people do not have enough room in their jaws to accommodate proper growth of their wisdom teeth and maintain good oral hygiene. Keeping wisdom teeth can lead to cavities, gum infections, damage to adjacent teeth and possibly even a trip to the emergency room (due to infection)./p>
Wisdom teeth examination
As with any dental procedure, your dentist will want to initially conduct a thorough examination of the wisdom and surrounding teeth. Panoramic or digital x-rays will be taken in order for your dentist to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if a current problem exists, or the likelihood of any potential future problems. The x-rays can also expose additional risk factors, such as deterioration or decay of nearby teeth. Only after a thorough examination can your dentist provide you with the best options for your particular case.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Overview
While many people will have no trouble with their wisdom teeth, these teeth are often removed to prevent more serious issues like an abscess or cyst. These teeth generally begin to surface in the late teens, to early 20s, and many times, they become impacted as they develop, growing sideways into the other teeth or angled forward.
Wisdom teeth may erupt from the gum line or may still be set in the jaw. Teeth that are only partially erupted may present other issues as these teeth are difficult to clean and care for./p>
Good news though! Wisdom teeth are normally easy to remove and recovery is quick.