A lot of people come into the dental office asking whether or not their wisdom teeth are causing any problems for the rest of their smile. Unfortunately there is no straightforward response, because the answer can change from person to person. Many people enjoy fully erupted wisdom teeth that are easy to care for and never cause any problems whatsoever.
However, wisdom teeth can create problems for other teeth when they are:
Infected or Decayed
Even fully erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to keep healthy, simply due to their location in the mouth. This means they are also more likely to get cavities or gum disease around them. Unfortunately those cavities or bone loss don’t just impact the wisdom teeth – they almost always create problems for the tooth right next to it.
If a wisdom tooth is only partially erupted through the gums, bacteria and food can become lodged down underneath the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. As mentioned previously, this makes the area difficult to clean and infections around the tooth typically develop.
ImpactedLet’s say that the wisdom tooth never erupts at all. Instead, it is impacted at an angle against the other tooth, preventing it from going anywhere. Although this may seem harmless, the pressure caused by the wisdom tooth could actually damage the neighboring healthy tooth. Some common side effects include bone loss, cavities or trauma to the nerve.
Your dentist can evaluate your wisdom teeth by taking a large panoramic image of your teeth and jaws. This simple x-ray makes it easy to see exactly what is going on in your smile. Most patients should have a panorex taken every 3-5 years.
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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Wisdom teeth are often associated with wisdom teeth extractions due to their location and difficulty for some people to keep them healthy. These teeth decay easily and are often extracted rather than restored the way other teeth typically are. Did you know it is possible for some people to keep their wisdom teeth for an entire lifetime? It may take a little extra effort, but it is definitely possible for some people. The life of your wisdom teeth is greatly affected by:
Your body’s anatomy
Depending on your ethnicity, gender and the natural developmental location of your wisdom teeth, you may or may not have enough room for the tooth to erupt naturally in alignment with the other teeth in the mouth. If they do, then you’re in luck! Wisdom teeth that erupt straight into the mouth are the number one requirement for keeping them healthy. Unfortunately many times they become impacted or only partially erupted, which jeopardize the teeth around them, resulting in the need for extraction.
It’s the same old tune, isn’t it? With wisdom teeth, their location makes them more difficult to keep clan, and more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease. Special attention is needed for these teeth in order to prevent gingivitis, tartar buildup and decalcification from occurring. Most people should spend more time brushing and flossing around their wisdom teeth, as they are predisposed for dental disease. Once a wisdom tooth develops dental disease, it easily spreads to adjacent teeth throughout the mouth. The use of an electric toothbrush, water flosser and supplemental fluoride can greatly improve your ability to maintain an healthy environment around the wisdom teeth as well as the rest of the teeth throughout your mouth.
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