Wisdom Teeth

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What are Wisdom Teeth?

Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.

When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you have pain, see your dentist immediately.

Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As people age, they are at greater risk for health problems—and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Be sure to, floss around your wisdom teeth and visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to evaluate your wisdom teeth and your overall dental health.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space for them to surface or they come through in the wrong position. If your dentist says your wisdom teeth are impacted, he or she means they are trapped in your jaw or under your gums.

As your wisdom teeth make their way through your gums, your dentist will be monitoring your mouth for signs of the following:

  • Wisdom teeth that aren’t in the right position can allow food to become trapped. That gives cavity-causing bacteria a place to grow.
  • Wisdom teeth that haven’t come in properly, which can make it difficult to floss between the wisdom teeth and the molars next to them.
  • Wisdom teeth that have partially come through can give bacteria a place to enter the gums and create a place for infection to occur. This may also lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in your jaw.
  • Wisdom teeth that don’t have room to come through are thought by some to crowd or damage neighboring teeth.
  • A wisdom tooth that is impacted can form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth. This could damage the roots of nearby teeth or destroy the bone that supports your teeth.

Dangers of Ignoring Wisdom Teeth Pain

In some cases, patients don’t have wisdom teeth removed because they do not have an effect on the rest of the teeth or jaw. Alternatively, these molars will keep growing until they cause dental issues for most people, in addition to the pain and discomfort described earlier.

Even if they haven’t broken through the surface of your gums yet, you could have parts of your wisdom teeth growing sideways into the surrounding molars or jaw bone. This is known as an impacted tooth and can potentially cause severe health and dental problems.

In addition, the increased pressure caused by the wisdom teeth may result in numbness in your jaw and face. Because most wisdom teeth do not grow in perfectly straight, infections, irritation, and overcrowding are almost certain if the wisdom teeth are not removed.

This could eventually lead to the need for orthodontic or periodontal treatments. If you can’t see your dentist right away when experiencing discomfort, there are home remedies that will alleviate some of the pain caused by wisdom teeth until you can see a dental professional.

What Causes the Wisdom Teeth to Become Impacted?

There are a few reasons why your wisdom teeth might become impacted. These reasons include:

  • Not enough space in the jawbone to accommodate the wisdom teeth.
  • The wisdom teeth are blocked by bone or soft tissue.
  • The wisdom teeth are growing at an angle that prevents them from coming in fully or at all.

Effects of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

For some people, the wisdom teeth never cause any problems. They come in just like any other teeth. If they come in properly and do not cause pain or other issues, it is possible for them to remain in the jaw and never have to be removed. For many others, however, impacted wisdom teeth cause serious complications. Issues caused by impacted wisdom teeth include:

  • Significant pain. One of the biggest indicators that your wisdom teeth are impacted is pain at the back of the jaw. This pain can be so severe that it can prevent you from eating, speaking, or even moving your mouth properly. You may also notice swelling in your jaw and face.
  • Overcrowding. Even if there is not enough space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth, they still attempt to erupt. As they do, they can put pressure on the adjacent this. This pressure can force them out of alignment, which then puts pressure on the next teeth. Eventually, your bite may be thrown, which can lead to difficulty eating, a decrease in the quality of your smile, and bruxism.
  • Infections. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are very difficult to clean properly. This makes them ideal places for oral bacteria and plaque. These substances can irritate the gums, leading to an infection.
  • Cysts. The wisdom teeth develop in small sacs. Should fluid get into these sacs, a cyst can form. Without treatment, a cyst grows bigger and bigger and can destroy a significant amount of bone in the process. It may be necessary to have a bone graft to restore the jaw following cyst removal.
  • Damage to other teeth. If your teeth are growing at an odd angle, they may grow into the sides of the adjacent teeth. This can cause serious damage such as fractures that can lead to the need for a root canal or tooth extraction.

Extracting Your Wisdom Teeth

When the wisdom teeth are impacted, an extraction is necessary. Removing the wisdom teeth requires a surgical extraction. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable. The procedure begins with small incisions in the back of the mouth near the wisdom teeth. These incisions provide us with access to the teeth, their roots, and the surrounding bone. Next, the teeth are carefully and completely removed. Once done, the surgical wounds are sutured closed. Following recovery, your wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced.

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