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Aug
31

3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

“Do my wisdom teeth need to be taken out?” This is a question that almost every young adult or 20-something asks his or her dentist. Wisdom teeth are one of the most common teeth that need to be removed, and for a variety of reasons.

Teeth are only partially erupted

Wisdom teeth may only be able to come in part of the way, leaving an opening through the gumlines but only a small amount of the tooth actually erupted. This means that food and plaque debris can enter its way under the gumlines and cause severe infection around the wisdom tooth (as well as adjacent teeth.) 

The teeth are impacted against adjacent teeth

An impacted wisdom tooth places pressure against the adjacent teeth that they are slanted into. This can cause all of the teeth throughout the mouth to become impacted, or just damage to the tooth that is next to the wisdom tooth. Those teeth can suffer from bone loss, tooth resorption, infection, or decay. Many dentists will proactively remove wisdom teeth so as to prevent damage to the other teeth if there is evidence that the tooth is impacted. 

The wisdom teeth are in all the way, but are becoming diseased

It can be very difficult to keep wisdom teeth clean, even if they are in all of the way. Even perfectly straight wisdom teeth can be impossible to brush or floss around, due to the anatomy of the mouth and jaws. This can cause tooth decay and gum disease to develop, which is known to spread to the next tooth if left untreated.

Are you at risk for any of these conditions? Ask your dentist to check on the development of your wisdom teeth to find out!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Jul
9

3 Reasons Why Wisdom Teeth May Need to be Removed

Wisdom teeth are a rite of passage into adulthood. For a lucky few, they cause no problems whatsoever. Those wisdom teeth come in straight, pain-free, and may not even be difficult to keep clean. For others, they can create a multiplicity of problems. The symptoms tend to come-and-go sporadically over days, weeks, and months. How does a person know if it’s time to have them finally taken out?

Here are 3 simple reasons why your dentist will recommend wisdom tooth removal:

Theyre causing pain.

Pain is caused by infection, swelling, and when things just aren’t going the way they ought to be. Most wisdom tooth pain will come and go consistently if the teeth are not going to erupt properly. 

Theyre impacted against other teeth.

If there isn’t enough room in the mouth or the teeth are developing at an angle, they can become impacted against adjacent teeth. This pressure can damage the nearby teeth as well as cause crowding of the teeth throughout the mouth. 

Theyre susceptible to cavities and gum disease.

Even if the wisdom tooth erupts partially through the gums, it can allow food, debris, and bacteria under the gum tissue around the tooth. This can allow cavities and gum disease to develop fairly quickly, damaging not only the wisdom tooth, but the neighboring teeth. 

Still not sure whether or not you need your wisdom teeth removed? Your dentist will take a panoramic radiograph to assess your eruption patterns and bone. This simple step is all that you need to find out one way or another if your 3rd set of molars need go.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Jul
4

4 Reasons Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed

Wisdom teeth are a natural part of life. Many people experience absolutely no problems with their wisdom teeth, and they erupt into place perfectly as they ought to. Others may unfortunately have limited space in their mouth, causing crowded or impacted teeth due to the amount of room for the wisdom tooth to erupt into. In addition to pain and discomfort, here are 4 reasons why wisdom teeth removal may be necessary:

Partial eruption

When only a small portion of the tooth has erupted through the gums, it allows food and bacteria to enter into the area around the tooth. Normal oral hygiene cannot remove this debris and it will work its way further under the gums, causing other complications.

Damage to adjacent teeth

If a wisdom tooth comes in at an angle toward the adjacent tooth, that tooth can easily experience irreversible damage. The most common problem is tooth decay on the wisdom tooth jumping across to the healthy tooth nearby. As a result, a virgin tooth that has never had problems may risk being lost.

Infection under the gums

Cysts and abscesses are a common side effect following partial eruption due to lack of access for oral hygiene. Wisdom teeth become decayed and then develop large areas of infection around the tooth, which may cause destruction of jawbone.

Crowding of other teeth

As wisdom teeth come in, they typically cause the other teeth to be pushed forward in the mouth. Front teeth then appear to become crowded and bunched together. For patients that have properly aligned teeth, or have undergone orthodontic therapy, this can create a large concern. Misaligned teeth are also known to develop decay and gum disease more frequently than properly aligned teeth.

Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care

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