Most people will have a 3rd set of molars, which are also know as “wisdom teeth” begin to emerge anytime between the ages of 15-20 years. While in some cases they will emerge from the gum line easily, in many cases they will fail to emerge and become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are very painful and should be removed as soon as possible.
In many cases they fail to emerge or only partially emerge because of insufficient room in the patient’s mouth to accommodate the extra teeth. Many patients with impacted wisdom teeth will experience a dull ache in the back of their jaw, as well as pain around the ear. In some cases they will begin to notice other teeth shifting or getting out of alignment, as the wisdom teeth begin to emerge and the new teeth compete with other teeth over limited space.
Even if the teeth emerge completely without any issues, most dentists will recommend their removal, due to the difficultly of keeping the new teeth cleaned properly, which can result in additional dental issues over time.
A dentist or an oral surgeon will do the wisdom teeth extraction, with most straightforward wisdom teeth extractions being done by a dentist. Typically an oral surgeon will perform partial or full impactions, due to the specialized techniques required. In many cases, the dentist will recommend that the patient undergo the procedure under sedation. This allows the patient to sleep through the procedure, but not requiring any breathing assistance. The recovery time for the procedure varies from patient to patient, but most people are back to normal activities within a couple of days of he procedure.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
Wisdom teeth are almost a “rite of passage” for growing teens and young adults. Do all wisdom teeth need to be extracted? At what point does a person know whether or not their wisdom teeth need to be removed after all? While every person is different, here are 3 common reasons why dentists recommend wisdom teeth extractions:
#1- The teeth are only partially erupted.
It might not seem like a problem if a tooth has only partially broken through the gum tissue, but it actually is. Teeth that are partially erupted allow food debris and bacteria to pack down under the gums between the gum tissue and the tooth, making it nearly impossible to clean. Because of this, decay and gum infections will eventually occur in this area, and can compromise adjacent teeth as well.
#2- Wisdom teeth that are impacted against other healthy teeth.
When a tooth is coming in at an angle, it causes pressure against the nearby teeth that otherwise have nothing wrong with them. This pressure can cause damage to those teeth, promote crowding throughout the mouth, or encourage disease to form between the wisdom tooth and other molar.
#3 – Lingering discomfort and jaw pain.
Most discomfort associated with the eruption of wisdom teeth will come and go on a frequent or infrequent basis. This can begin in the teens and last through the late 20s. If discomfort persists and a healthy eruption pattern is not going to be achieved, then removing the wisdom teeth can help alleviate pain.
A panoramic x-ray and clinical exam can easily determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed. Schedule a consultation visit with your dentist at your first convenience.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery
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