Wisdom Teeth Removal
During your lifetime, your mouth will undergo a number of changes. Some of the most important dental milestones you will experience will occur between the ages of 17 and 21, when the third molars appear. Known as wisdom teeth, these molars should come in correctly and help you chew. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth do not always come in properly and may cause pain. When this happens, it’s important to see your dentist right away.
One of the most common reasons for wisdom teeth removal is a lack of space for the teeth to surface. Wisdom teeth may also need to be removed if they come through incorrectly, such as in the wrong position. Your dentist may also recommend wisdom teeth removal if the teeth are trapped beneath the gums or jaw.
When your wisdom teeth are not in the correct position, it could lead to food becoming trapped, which allows bacteria to grow and results in cavities. Wisdom teeth that do not have enough room to come through could also cause adjacent teeth to become damaged or crowded.
While all patients are different, wisdom teeth may need to be removed if your dentist sees any of the following:
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
As part of other dental treatments, including orthodontics, your dentist may also recommend wisdom teeth removal.
Prior to making a decision to remove your wisdom teeth, your dentist will perform an oral examination and take X-rays. Following this examination, you and your dentist will determine the best course of treatment for your specific situation.
“In the event wisdom teeth are not removed, it is important for them to continue to be monitored, as there is still the potential for problems to develop later. The risk for oral health problems does increase with age. To help avoid problems and the need for wisdom teeth removal, be sure to floss around the wisdom teeth at least once daily. You should also visit your dentist regularly.
Are you concerned about your or your child’s wisdom teeth? Contact us to find out more about wisdom teeth removal.”
Dr. Richard Truong, DDS