We as humans are evolving past the need for wisdom teeth. Most of us do not seem to have enough room in the jaw for a third set of molars, which causes them to become stuck while erupting, or impacted. At Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra, patients can get the care they need without having to leave the comfort of their dental home. If you or your teen are experiencing issues related to the wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to give us a call to discuss wisdom tooth extractions in Alhambra, CA.
What Can Happen If I Don't Treat Wisdom Teeth?
Impacted Wisdom Teeth are not necessarily a problem; however, there are a number of problems that can arise from impacted or erupting wisdom teeth. Panoramic x-rays should be taken for any impacted teeth to evaluate their potential harm, which could include the following:
Damage to Adjacent Teeth - Wisdom teeth can put a lot of pressure on the teeth in front of them, which can cause lasting damage. A tooth directly in front of a wisdom tooth can also start to break down, resulting in that tooth needing to be removed as well.
Infection of Surrounding Tissue - An infection can develop in the tooth, especially if the wisdom tooth breaks through the gums and lets the bacteria enter deeper into the jaw.
Tooth Decay - Since these teeth are located in the very back of the jaw, they can be extremely difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. So they are easy to succumb to decay and can be impossible to repair.
Gum Disease - Wisdom teeth can make it difficult to maintain good dental hygiene, and soon gum disease develops. Gum disease around the wisdom teeth can easily spread to other teeth, putting them at risk.
Alignment Issues - By pushing the other teeth out, wisdom teeth can undo the effects of braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures, or any type of dental work.
What To Expect with a Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Once we have examined a patient and determined that their wisdom teeth need to come out, the procedure starts with us thoroughly numbing their mouth. Most of the time, the wisdom teeth have to be removed before they have fully erupted, so we have to make a small incision in the nearby gum tissue before we can extract the teeth themselves. After doing so and suturing the treatment area(s) closed, most patients are able to fully recover and feel completely normal in less than a week.
Do I Have to Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
If you are not sure about whether you should have yours or your teen's wisdom teeth removed, you should take the following into consideration:
Removing wisdom teeth is easier at a younger age. This is before the tooth's roots are fully developed and when the bone around is less dense, which makes the removal of wisdom teeth, as well as the healing time, easier for the patient.
Extracting wisdom teeth before any complications have developed allows for shorter recovery time and less discomfort after the surgery. The best time to remove wisdom teeth is when they do not hurt. If an infection is present, it may make it difficult to numb the area around the tooth. In some cases, it may become necessary for the patient to be treated with antibiotics for few days before the wisdom teeth can be removed.