In addition to being unnecessary, the wisdom teeth can cause many problems. They often become impacted when there’s no room in the jaw to allow them to erupt. They harbor infection-causing bacteria, and they can even develop cysts and tumors.
To avoid the many complications that wisdom teeth may cause, it’s important to have your third molars removed if they haven’t erupted normally, ideally before you reach your mid-20s. When you are younger, the roots of the wisdom teeth are shorter and not as strongly tethered to the jawbone.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a straightforward outpatient procedure that can be completed in just a couple of hours in the dental office. In the past, patients had often been placed under general anesthesia, but today, many are opting for the safer method of sedation.
Before you undergo the procedure, your dentist will give you a list of post-operative instructions that will help you reduce your risk of complications. Be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions closely.
If you have any teeth that are damaged or decayed beyond repair, our personnel can perform more routine extractions as well. Simple extractions, which can also be helpful in reducing crowding of the teeth, may require only a local anesthetic.
For more complex cases or for patients desiring IV sedation, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.
Regardless of your age, if you still have your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Maxey or Dr. George to evaluate your case. Although it’s best to have them removed early, it’s never too late for a wisdom tooth extraction.
From Our Blog:
The majority of the human species are born with a designated number of teeth for their lifetime. As infants and toddlers, the primary teeth arrive … twenty in all. As those teeth fall out, they make way for the permanent teeth that are to carry us through life. There are 32 permanent teeth with the wisdom teeth being the last to come in.
Our heredity often dictates how much jaw space we will have, as well as the size of our permanent teeth. When jaw space is limited or teeth are a little large, having enough room for all the teeth to erupt without overcrowding can be challenging. Read More…
Third molars, more commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are the very back teeth on both sides of the upper and lower arches. In some patients, these teeth never emerge. Others may have more than four wisdom teeth. Many patients can go through life without experiencing any problems with their wisdom teeth allowing them to be left alone.
However, many patients are not so fortunate and are faced with problems such as:
Overcrowding – When the wisdom teeth erupt, quite often the jaw cannot accommodate all permanent teeth. A malocclusion may occur forcing the teeth out of position to try to make room creating an over bite, under bite or cross bite. In an effort to prevent this from happening, the dentist may recommend removing the third molars. Read More…
Wisdom teeth problems such as impactions often inflict pain on patients, and so many people with issues with wisdom teeth have them removed by a dentist. Wisdom teeth serve no real purpose in our mouths now as the evolutionary cycle has seen our jawbone and mouth become smaller and better formed.
Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is insufficient room to allow the wisdom teeth to successfully emerge into the patient’s mouth. This may result in pressure being applied to other existing teeth, while in other cases, the wisdom tooth may not fully emerge; instead creating pockets below the gum tissue where bacteria can thrive, leading eventually to tooth decay and other dental issues. Read More…