Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth typically do not erupt through the gums until a person reaches his or her late teens or early 20s. Technically called “third molars,” they may take years to break through the gums fully, possibly causing the same type of discomfort babies experience during teething. Some people never experience issues with their wisdom teeth, while others eventually need to have one, two, or all four removed.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Your third molars came to be “wisdom” teeth due to remaining submerged until young adulthood, when people typically achieve advanced wisdom. For some people, they develop during adolescence, while others may never develop them. You find them in the posterior areas of your mouth. There are four wisdom teeth, one at the very rear on each quadrant of the upper and lower jaw. In some people, they never emerge completely and are only visible via x-ray.
Do My Wisdom Teeth Need Extraction?
People may experience a variety of issues as wisdom teeth emerge. Sometimes, they come in sideways or refuse to emerge fully. For others, impacted wisdom teeth beneath the gums and bone can cause a lot of pain. Even when wisdom teeth come in properly, they may cause a variety of dental issues later, which is why your dentist may recommend extracting them while they are still developing. Not only are they easier to remove during the early stages of adulthood, but they also prevent future complications from waiting.
Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
People experiencing complications with their wisdom teeth typically have little space in their mouths for their wisdom teeth, causing them to become impacted. When this happens, the teeth tend to break the surface at an angle, negatively affecting adjacent teeth. This creates difficulties maintaining proper oral hygiene for the molar and its neighboring tooth, making both vulnerable to cavities and periodontal disease.
Some common symptoms that wisdom teeth can cause are as followed:
- Molar pain or pressure when eating
- Discomfort in the cheek or gum near the wisdom tooth
- Inflammation of the gums (behind the last visible tooth)
- A foul taste or smell near the wisdom tooth
- The tooth rubbing against the cheek
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Swelling of the jaw
- Mild or Severe Headaches
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact North Texas Dental Surgery in McKinney,Texas for an appointment right away. Dental issues are always easier to treat when treatment begins early. If impacted wisdom teeth are not treated, they cause a range of issues, such as misalignment of neighboring teeth and bacterial infections. This may lead to tumors and cysts that destroy not only the teeth but also the jawbone.
Removing your wisdom teeth early guards against these issues and is considered a smart preventative measure to protect overall oral health.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
North Texas Dental Surgery in McKinney, Texas is committed to offering the highest quality and affordable care to our patients. First, you will be offered a comprehensive evaluation from a dental specialist, that includes a 3D scan of your entire mouth. This scan allows our board-certified surgeon to assess your mouth in a variety of different technological ways. Treatment options are then presented to you in a concise and clear manner.
The day of your surgery the doctor will begin your IV Sedation by administering drugs through your IV. At this point you will fall asleep and the procedure will take place while you rest pain free. After the surgery is finished, you will wake up from a completed treatment with a peaceful nap.
Post Op Instructions will be sent home with you and gone over prior to treatment. After your wisdom teeth removal, your recovery process is imperative to prevent possible complications and infections.
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