Did you know that having your wisdom teeth removed could be one of the wisest decisions you can make for your oral health? Retaining your wisdom teeth can cause the development of a number of oral health conditions including abscesses, tooth decay, gum disease, tooth alignment issues, and jaw and oral function problems associated with a malocclusion. Most dental professionals refer patients to an oral surgeon for tooth removal when it comes to the emergence of wisdom teeth as a preventive measure since the timely removal of these teeth can preserve oral health and maintain quality of life.
Wisdom Teeth and Your Oral Health
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that erupt through the gums during adulthood. The primary reason third molar eruption causes so many problems is the fact that they come through the gums long after the establishment of all other adult teeth. With little room to erupt through the gums properly, wisdom teeth become impacted (stuck in the gums and/or jaw). Without adequate room, the arrival of third molars can cause adult teeth to shift to unhealthy positions, which may lead to a malocclusion and the reversal of previous orthodontic work.
Impacted teeth tend to erupt partially, exposing just a part of the third molar’s crown. Partial eruption means that the tooth and gums are vulnerable to disease because the area cannot be cleaned properly. Common diseases associated with wisdom teeth include periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and dental caries that can become abscessed.
Beyond oral health problems, keeping third molars can affect quality of life by causing TMJ dysfunction, headaches, and orofacial pain.
Effective and Comfortable Tooth Removal
Tooth removal is a surgical procedure. During treatment, our oral surgeon will administer anesthetic and sedating medication to ensure comfort while our team works to gently remove the entire tooth. After your procedure, we will provide helpful information to aid in a comfortable and speedy recovery. Our practice strives to provide positive and comfortable experiences to all our guests.
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