Wisdom teeth are just like your other teeth, but they are the last to grow and erupt. They usually develop during your late teenage years or in your early twenties. The sad part about them is they can become impacted or emerge in any direction. They may also grow at a straight angle, but there may be no ample space in the jaw for a full eruption.
Problems with Third Molars
If one or more of these teeth are causing pain and problems, your dentist is likely to recommend extraction. This is to ease their symptoms and protect your oral health. This is especially true if your jaw is too small for the teeth to grow and erupt properly. Wisdom teeth, furthermore, are more difficult to reach and clean. Other problems associated with it include:
- Gum disease
- Pain and infection
- Decay of wisdom teeth (as well as nearby teeth)
- Crowding of teeth (causing alignment problems)
- Interference with orthodontic or any kind of dental work
Why Removal is Recommended
VanDenburgh Dental and other wisdom teeth dentists suggest early removal even if there are no discomfort and symptoms. This is because their roots become more anchored to your jawbone as you grow older. Removal at this stage can be more difficult, with a higher risk of complications. The healing process also slows down as you age.
Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
Methods of removal differ from patient to patient. This will also depend on a lot of factors, such as the position of the tooth, the number of teeth to be extracted, and how close the roots are to the blood vessels and nerves. The procedure may take place in a dentist’s office, hospital, or outpatient surgical facility. If they are not impacted, the removal will be the same as your other teeth.
If you’re worried about your wisdom teeth, it is not advisable to just let the pain subside. Visit your dentist to know the ways of easing its symptoms.