During your dental visits at Springville Dentistry, dentists will evaluate if your teeth are properly positioned or if wisdom tooth extraction is needed.
Since wisdom teeth come in between the ages of 17 and 25, it’s important to visit us during this time to evaluate whether they’re impacted and if there is a need for extraction. Wisdom teeth not removed during these ages should be monitored continually to avoid problems developing.
Protect your teeth from inflammation, discomfort or infection caused by impacted or erupting wisdom teeth. Sometimes if wisdom teeth don’t fully emerge or grow near the jaw or nerve, they may need to be removed. When there isn’t enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth and they become “impacted,” problems may arise.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), nine out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. If they aren’t removed, impacted wisdom teeth can have several damaging and painful side effects.
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed when:
- A neighboring tooth may become damaged, as the wisdom tooth will grow into it.
- Pain develops
- An infection will develop, as it’s difficult or impossible to clean the area around wisdom teeth. This can also lead to gum disease.
- A cyst or tumor will form around the wisdom tooth and fill with fluid. If left untreated, this can result in jaw, nerve and tooth damage.
Worst of all, impacted wisdom can affect more than just your mouth. Research has shown that bacteria in the mouth can possibly lead to complications and serious problems in the heart, kidney and other organs.
The Extraction Process
If Springville Dentistry recommends extraction, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to remove the wisdom tooth or teeth. Thanks to advances in technology and effective anesthetics, there is usually little or no pain during the procedure. You can often choose to have Sedation during the procedure.
If you follow appropriate aftercare instructions, you’ll heal quickly with only mild swelling or discomfort. Then you’ll have a pain-free mouth with less risk for problems down the road.
If you’d like more details about the tooth extraction process for wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with Springville Dentistry today.