Wisdom Teeth Removal
In our late teens or early twenties, our wisdom teeth (also known as our third molars) begin to come in. Unfortunately, many times our jaws are simply not large enough to accommodate the extra teeth and the wisdom teeth become impacted, meaning they remain under the gum and do not break through.
Causes of Wisdom Teeth Extractions
If your wisdom teeth are impacts, they can cause a variety of complications, including infection, crowding, damage to surrounding teeth, cysts that can permanently damage the jaw, and more. While it's difficult to predict whether your impacted teeth will cause such damage, it is highly likely complications will arise. Regular x-rays help your doctor track your wisdom teeth and make decisions about removal. For those whose wisdom teeth break through the gums, they may erupt at an awkward angle, which requires extraction in order to avoid complications.
Understanding Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedures
The extraction of wisdom teeth is a common oral surgery procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. If there are no complications, the tooth can typically be easily removed in one piece. Following surgery, patients may experience varying levels of swelling and discomfort, however, the team at Ideal Smiles takes all necessary action to minimize pain and recovery time.
Common Complications of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can compromise a patient's oral health and require extraction due to:
- Overcrowding and root damage
- Infection of the gums
- Development of periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Increased risk of cysts and tumors
Don't let wisdom teeth endanger your oral health. Book an appointment or call our office today to learn how the oral surgery experts at Ideal Smiles can help.