Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removal
By Frank Avason, DMD on September 20, 2018
The wisdom teeth are molars that start to come in during the teen years and fully emerge by the time patients reach their early 20s. Because the wisdom teeth are not needed for chewing, they can be removed, especially if they are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth do not fully emerge and remain trapped entirely or partially under the gum line.
Dr. Frank Avason III discusses when it’s a good idea to remove wisdom teeth, along with the problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth. Learn more about impacted wisdom tooth removal and contact our Denver, NC practice to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure.
Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
The wisdom teeth may become impacted due to blockages created by other teeth in your mouth. Signs that your wisdom teeth are impacted and may not fully emerge include:
- Inflamed, red, or bleeding gums
- Jaw swelling or discomfort
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Bad breath
- A strange or unpleasant taste in your mouth
The Hazards of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth usually need to come out since they can cause oral health problems. For one, the wisdom tooth itself can become infected.
Additionally, as the impacted wisdom tooth pushes against nearby teeth, it can damage them. Teeth that are weakened or fractured due to impacted wisdom teeth are also at greater risk for developing decay.
Besides potentially causing dental issues, impacted wisdom teeth can also be painful. You may find it hard to chew, or the discomfort may be ongoing. The pain associated with impacted wisdom teeth, and the difficulty in reaching them to floss and brush, can compromise oral health routines. This of course also puts you at a higher risk for developing cavities and periodontal disease.
Deciding to Remove Wisdom Teeth
Your dentist will take x-rays of your oral structure beginning in adolescence to monitor how the wisdom teeth are developing and emerging. During your teens, and sometimes in the early 20s, we may determine that the wisdom teeth need to be removed.
The wisdom teeth are removed if they are causing oral health problems, or it is deemed they are likely to do so. Overcrowding in the mouth and impacted wisdom teeth are the two main reasons why your dentist would choose removal. The general rule of thumb is to be proactive in removing these teeth as a means to prevent problems before they arise.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth removal is a routine oral surgery performed with the patient under sedation. First, the wisdom tooth exposed and then carefully removed, sometimes in pieces. Gauze will be placed at the surgical site, and in some cases, dissolvable sutures may be used. Most patients can return to work or school the day after their procedure.
Find Out if You Need Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removed
Avoid the pain and dental problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth. Find out if you need your wisdom teeth removed by setting up an appointment. You can call us at (704) 820-9797 or reach out to us online.
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