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Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

Most people are given the option of extracting their wisdom teeth while they’re young adults. You might be facing that decision right now. Naturally, few people are happy to have even one tooth pulled, let alone up to four at once!

But there are pluses to getting your third molars out sooner rather than later.

Are You In Pain?

Wisdom teeth that are erupting through the gums can be quite irritating. You can head off the pain before it starts by opting to have your wisdom teeth taken out.

Anticipated Trajectory

Your wisdom teeth may not be bothering you right now. But your dentist may recommend extraction anyway if they appear to be on a collision course with other teeth.

Do You Really Need Them?

Because wisdom teeth are located so far back in the mouth, it’s easy to neglect them with brushing and flossing. This puts them at risk for developing cavities and gum disease in the tissues around them.

Should problems arise, you’re not going to be in a hurry to treat those teeth with a filling or crown. So, this brings you to a dilemma: would you prefer to have those molars pulled as the need arises? Or would it be simpler to just have them taken out all at once at a convenient time you can plan for?

True, some people manage to hold onto their wisdom teeth their entire lives without much trouble. To see if that’s going to work in your case, you’ll need to work closely with your dentist. Keep an eye on how your wisdom teeth develop and keep them as clean as you can.

Posted on behalf of:
River Ranch Dental
203 George Hopper Rd #100
Midlothian, TX 76065
(469) 672-4245


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


Are You Suffering From Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, which are the molars in the very back of your mouth, typically erupt through the gums somewhere between 17 and 21 years of age. These are the last of your teeth to emerge, but often there’s not enough room to accommodate them, causing them to become impacted. Your wisdom teeth may end up displaced, misaligned or crowding other teeth as they attempt to come in.

Wisdom Teeth Impaction Is Rare

Due to better oral health care availability, dentists are more likely to note the likelihood of wisdom teeth impaction before it occurs. Preventative surgery is often recommended to remove your wisdom teeth before they become a painful problem later on.

Symptoms Of Wisdom Teeth Trouble

When wisdom teeth become impacted, it’s important to seek help from your dentist. Untreated, it can lead to an infection known as pericoronitis, which can spread to the throat, potentially requiring surgery and hospitalization. Impacted wisdom teeth can alter your bite and in some rare cases cause cysts that affect your jaw growth.

To ensure your best oral health, immediately notify your dentist of any persistent symptoms that may indicate a problem with your wisdom teeth, such as:

  • Bad Breath
  • A Bad Taste Lingering In Your Mouth
  • Difficulty Opening Your Mouth
  • Discomfort When Chewing, Biting or Speaking
  • Headache Or Jaw Pain
  • Swollen Gums Or Swelling In The Back Of Your Mouth
  • Oral Infection
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes Along The Neck

Your Dentist Can Help

The best way to prevent suffering from impacted wisdom teeth is by visiting your dentist every 6 months for a thorough oral exam and routine x-rays. If you’re already experiencing symptoms of wisdom teeth trouble, call your dentist right away for immediate care to restore your dental health and wellbeing.

Posted on behalf of:
Frederick Dental
805 S Broadway, Suite 210
Boulder, CO 80305
(303) 442-4846


4 Signs that Your Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

How can you know whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out? Most people wait until their teeth start to hurt before they ask their dentist about it. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth taken out, but removing them before they cause problems can prevent discomfort and lengthy recovery times.

Here are 4 signs to look for:

Crowding of Your Anterior Teeth

As the 3rd molars start to form, they may begin to push into the back of the other teeth. This slight pressure pushes the teeth forward, which creates a chain reaction throughout the entire mouth. As teeth begin to shift forward, the very front teeth become crowded. 

Swelling Along the Back of the Jaw

If infection develops around the erupting wisdom tooth, this can create swelling in the back of the jaw. Cysts are fairly common, as well as infection due to food packing under the gums around the tooth. 

Off-and-On Pain

Wisdom tooth pain tends to come and go off and on as the teeth develop. It’s fairly common for the pain to be present one day but not the next. Eventually the pain may be closer together until it does not go away at all. 

Food Packing Behind the Back Teeth

When there isn’t enough room for the tooth to erupt completely, it will only erupt partially through the gums. Areas like this are difficult if not impossible to keep clean. As a result, food starts to pack under the gumlines, creating bad breath, infection and decay around the adjacent teeth.

A quick x-ray and exam is all that you need to find out if your wisdom teeth can stay or need to go. Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


Wisdom Teeth Removal

Many people wonder why, if wisdom teeth are “wise” why do they need to be removed? Wisdom teeth got their name because of the age at which they typically appear in most people. Wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of 17-25 – which has been called the “Age of Wisdom.” All other teeth in a person’s mouth appear years before wisdom teeth. Therefore, because wisdom teeth appear at the time a person generally matures into adulthood they are considered “wise” to correspond with the age at which they come in.

However, many people don’t feel quite so wise when they learn that they have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are third molars that develop last in a person’s mouth. These rear molars typically do not have enough room to properly fit into the mouth and cause crowding and other dental problems. For people who have gone through orthodontic care to align their teeth beautifully, they surely do not want to mess up their beautiful smile from wisdom teeth crowding and pushing their teeth all around. Even for those who have not had or needed orthodontic care, an overly crowded environment in the mouth makes cleaning difficult. Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough room to erupt will be come impacted, causing pain and infection in the mouth.

Family dentists or oral surgeons are able to gently and effectively handle wisdom teeth extraction. The procedure is usually completed in an hour or using a local anesthesia, and patients are made to feel comfortable in the office and at home as their mouths heal. Wisdom teeth are able to be spotted on routine oral X-rays, and your dentist will be able to help you determine the best time to have them removed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



Eruption of Adult Teeth

The eruption patterns in children can vary greatly, typically with girls being ahead of boys when it comes to new teeth coming in. Most of the time, the first adult teeth to erupt are the first set of adult molars, also called “six year molars,” which consequently, erupt around the time of 6 years of age. These molars come in just behind the child’s 2nd set of primary (baby) molars…sometimes creeping in without the child or parent even realizing!

The lower front teeth are typically the next set of teeth to come in. Gradually, the front teeth are replaced with a permanent version of the tooth, with the cuspids (eye teeth) being one of the last front teeth to be replaced, as late as 12 years of age. Primary molars can also stay in place until about 12 years of age, making the entire eruption process of the majority of the permanent dentition stretch over a span of about 6 years or so, not including wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are the 3rd set of molars. These teeth typically do not erupt or begin to cause problems until the range of 17-21 years of age, although they may wait until a person’s late 20s before being fully developed. Some people have to have their wisdom teeth removed due to inadequate space in the mouth, and the risk of abscesses or tooth decay.

As adult teeth begin to erupt, be sure to ask your dentist about placing preventive sealants on the molars. These protective applications help deter tooth decay in areas that are most prone to developing cavities.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry



When Wisdom Teeth Don’t Come All The Way In

Wisdom teeth are a rite of passage into adulthood, although many people may not develop them or have them come in at all! For some lucky people, wisdom teeth come in perfectly straight and without any complications whatsoever. For others, they are impacted and never erupt at all. Then there are those who have their teeth come only part of the way through, but never fully erupt in line with all of the other teeth. These are the teeth that dentist refer to as “partially impacted.”

Partially erupted wisdom teeth peek through the gums, but either are not completely erupted or have some gum tissue that continues to cover part of the tooth. This allows food debris and plaque to seep down under the gums, and even further into gingival pockets, making oral hygiene difficult or even impossible for these areas. Over a span of time, these areas can become infected and cause tissue detachment or bone loss. Unfortunately, it’s not only the wisdom tooth that is affected; it also includes the tooth adjacent to it. As a result, the 2nd set of molars may be damaged as well. If the wisdom tooth is impacted against the other molar, tooth decay may develop as well.

Preemptive dental care may include wisdom teeth extraction before complications develop. A clinical examination and panoramic x-ray can determine whether or not the tooth will have the capability to fully erupt or not. Should bone or other teeth wedge the tooth in, then it may be in the best interest of the patient to have it removed before complications develop later on.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



3 Reasons for Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth removal may seem as a rite of passage into adulthood, but a lot of people wonder why and if it’s really necessary. If wisdom teeth form in every adult, why do so many people have to have them out?

Here are 3 reasons you should consider removing your wisdom teeth:

Chronic pain

This one goes without being said. For some people, wisdom teeth can cause severe pain that comes and goes or exists constantly until the teeth are removed. This is usually because the tooth is impacted against other teeth and is trying to push its way out without any success.  

Infection of the tooth or area around the tooth

Sometimes wisdom teeth can develop cysts around them that damage surrounding bone. Other times, the tooth comes in partially, but allows debris and bacteria to pack underneath the gums. This makes it difficult to clean and as a result, wisdom teeth often develop gum disease, bone loss, and cause damage to the adjacent tooth. If the tooth proves to be partially erupted, your dentist will likely recommend wisdom teeth extraction as a proactive measure to prevent inevitable problems later on.  

Increased risk for tooth decay

Wisdom teeth can be difficult to keep clean. Although some people can manage good oral hygiene around their 3rd set of molars, they typically are more prone to get cavities than other teeth. Decay can spread from one tooth to another, so this will jeopardize otherwise healthy teeth in the mouth. If decay is found on the wisdom tooth, then removal is typically recommended before another type of restoration.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



Oral Surgery for Wisdom Teeth

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Oral surgery is generally needed to remove wisdom teeth. There are a few lucky people whose mouths have room for their “third molars,” but for the rest of us our wisdom teeth must be taken out. When there is not enough room in the jaw line for wisdom teeth to emerge in proper alignment they become impacted between the jawbone and the gum line. Impacted teeth can cause swelling, infection, and severe oral pain. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause damage to nearby teeth as well as overall jaw deformation. Therefore, dentists recommend that people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common forms of oral surgery. It is generally an out patient procedure that will allow the patient to recover at home. The surgery is typically performed while the patient is under a general anesthetic that will prevent any pain and allow the patient to sleep through the entire procedure. To remove the impacted wisdom teeth, an Atlanta oral surgeon will open up the gum tissue, take out any bone covering the teeth, separate connecting tissue, and then remove the impacted teeth. After removal, the dentist will stitch up the hole left behind in the gum and place gauze in the mouth to help stop the bleeding.

In most cases, the recovery time of wisdom teeth removal is only a few days. The patient can expect moderate discomfort (alleviated with a prescription for pain medication) and swelling. Your dentist will give you specific tips to help with your recovery, but generally you will change your gauze pads periodically, eat soft foods, apply an ice pack, rinse your mouth, and avoid drinking from a straw.

While no one wants to undergo a surgical process, having your wisdom teeth removed is one of the most common and easily recovered from procedures. Your oral health can be maintained by wisdom teeth removal. Talk to your dentist at your next appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants



Wisdom Tooth Pain

What causes the pain that is experienced with wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth aren’t like any other teeth. Instead, they erupt years later into early adulthood, long after the previous permanent teeth have erupted. Some of this discomfort is due to the eruption process, but there are other conditions frequently seen in wisdom tooth eruption that are due to complications in the development process. In many cases, wisdom teeth extractions are necessary to prevent further complications.

Impacted Teeth

One of the most common reasons wisdom teeth don’t come into the mouth and cause some discomfort is due to them being impacted. If the tooth is erupting at an angle, it may find itself wedged against adjacent teeth. Not only does this prevent the tooth from ever erupting, it can also damage the adjacent tooth to which it is impacted against.

Partially Erupted Teeth

If the tooth is partially impacted, that means it has only partially erupted into the mouth. Part of the tooth is wedged by something else, resulting in only a small portion of the crown coming through the gum tissue. This makes it possible for food and bacteria to enter into the gum pocket around the wisdom tooth. Because this area is almost impossible to clean using traditional oral hygiene methods, it can easily become infected.

Decay or Abscesses

Wisdom teeth are very difficult to keep clean due to their location. Even patients with exceptional oral hygiene find that their wisdom teeth may easily develop decay. Combined with a tooth that is partially erupted, it is highly likely for these teeth to develop decay, infection, and dental abscesses if not properly treated early on. As a result, these infections can affect the next tooth, creating a chain reaction.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants


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