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Sep
27

Is It Normal for Wisdom Teeth to Come in Crooked?

You’ve been keeping track of those pesky third molars for months.

Maybe it’s too soon to tell, but it looks like those wisdom teeth are peeking through the gums at a tilt.

Is it unusual for these teeth to come in unevenly? If they do, will that mean they have to be pulled?

Wisdom Teeth Eruption Pattern

Wisdom teeth are not part of everybody’s smile. Some people only get one or two, others get all four, and a lucky few have none, at all.

A dentist can detect wisdom teeth on x-rays taken in mid-childhood. But the teeth won’t make an appearance in your mouth until around 17-21 years of age.

No one knows for sure exactly why so many wisdom teeth erupt at odd angles. It seems that it may have something genetically to do with jaw size, since some people’s jaws allow enough space for third molars to fully come in while others do not.

Dangers of Wisdom Teeth

Crooked wisdom teeth are prone to developing tooth decay and gum disease. This is because their awkward positioning makes it hard to keep them clean.

The danger doesn’t stop there, however.

Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough space to erupt in a straight line jeopardize other teeth in the mouth. They can put pressure on them and cause alignment issues. A crooked wisdom tooth below the gum line can even damage other tooth roots.

Should You Extract Your Third Molars?

Most dentists agree that it’s simpler to be proactive and extract misaligned wisdom teeth before they have the chance to cause trouble.

Find out where your third molars are at (if you have them) by scheduling a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon.

Posted on behalf of:
Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists
481 Garrisonville Rd. Suite 103
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 322-1808

Aug
21

5 Reasons to Pull a Tooth

Having a tooth pulled is probably the last thing in the world you would want to have done. And believe it or not, it is not a favorite for your dentist either, even though it is probably one of the most common procedures to have done at the dentist’s office, next to fillings.

Dentists don’t like to do teeth extractions because it is seen as a last resort. Once an adult tooth is gone, it is gone for good.

People need to have their teeth pulled for many reasons, but here are the five most common:

1. Tooth decay – If much of the tooth is gone and the decay is starting to eat away at the root of the tooth, and the tooth can’t be saved by a root canal, the dentist will opt to remove it.  Otherwise, the decay will start to spread to adjacent teeth. If a tooth has reached this point, the patient is also likely to be in a great amount of pain.

2. Overcrowding – As permanent teeth come in, the teeth sometimes grow on top of each other, or the baby teeth remain intact and blocking development of the new tooth. In this situation, the dentist will remove the tooth to promote healthy growth.

3. Impacted wisdom teeth – Wisdom teeth generally come in sometime during your late teens or early adulthood. When there isn’t enough room for them in the far back of the mouth, they can be blocked inside the gums, which can become very painful. The only way to relieve the pain is to extract the wisdom teeth.

4. Periodontal disease – In the advanced stages of gum disease, teeth can become loose. Sometimes, the dentist will opt to remove the tooth.

5. Risk of infection – If your immune system is in a weakened state due to disease such as cancer, an infected tooth could seriously compromise the health of the patient. To lessen that risk, your dentist or doctor might recommend the tooth be pulled.

Posted on behalf of Park South Dentistry

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