October 15, 2018

Do I Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

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model of impacted wisdom toothBetween the ages of 17 and 25, a third set of molars erupts, known as your wisdom teeth. In the past, they were used to help us grind food; however, over time our bodies changed, and they are no longer necessary. Now, our jaws are narrower, so there often is not enough room in our mouths to accommodate the additional teeth. As a result, several issues can develop that can lead to needing them removed. While there is no set age to have a wisdom tooth extraction, it is best to have them taken out early to prevent complications from developing.

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Out?

Roughly 10 million wisdom teeth are removed every year. Although it is a common procedure, it is only recommended when it is in your oral health’s best interest. There are several reasons your dentist may suggest they are extracted, such as:

Impaction

When a wisdom tooth is erupting, it can become partially or fully trapped. It will not break through the gum tissue properly. This can cause it to grow in at an angle or laying down underneath the tissue. This can be painful. In some cases, it can cause an infection.

Overcrowding

If your jaw is not large enough to accommodate another set of molars, the wisdom teeth can push on your other teeth, leading to overcrowding. This can change your bite and make your teeth harder to clean. This increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease if the overcrowding is not resolved.

Cysts

When the teeth do not erupt correctly, a fluid-filled sac, known as a cyst can form around it. This can be painful and lead to an infection if the tooth is not taken out.

How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Your dentist performs a visual examination and takes diagnostic images to evaluate your teeth and oral structures. Based on their findings, they suggest either a surgical or simple extraction to remove them.

Simple Extraction

If the tooth is visible above the gum line, a simple extraction is used. An anesthetic numbs the area to ensure your comfort. Your dentist loosens your tooth before removing it with forceps.

Surgical Extraction

When the tooth cannot be seen above the gum tissue, it needs to be surgically removed. Your gum is opened to expose the tooth. In some cases, bone or tissue may need to be taken out. The tooth is then broken into smaller pieces before it is extracted. Sutures are used to close the tissue to allow the area to heal.

Stop Your Wisdom Teeth Pain

If your wisdom teeth are giving you grief, it is never too late to have your wisdom teeth removed.

About Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics

Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics provides modern dental care in a comfortable office. We provide many areas of specialty services, including wisdom tooth extractions. We offer the consultation you need to stop your pain. If you need to have them removed, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

 

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