Wisdom Teeth Removal
Somewhere between the ages of 16 and 21, wisdom teeth begin to emerge from the gums. In lots of cases, the emergence of wisdom teeth can cause problems with the alignment of your other molars, or they could cause problems at a later date. Here are common issues that wisdom teeth can cause:
- Other tooth damange: If your wisdom teeth emerge completely, the extra molars can push your other teeth out of alignment, which can undo the corrective effects of braces. Misaligned teeth are also more prone to cavities, since proper brushing and flossing is more difficult.
- Sinus Issues: The pressure from the extra teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
- Gum inflammation: Tissue around the area can swell and cause pain.
- Tooth Decay: Swollen gums can create pockets between your teeth that help bacteria grow. As the bacteria grows, cavities can result.
When you come in, we will take an x-ray to look at the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth to make a decision on whether or not your wisdom teeth should be extracted. If they must be removed, most extraction procedures can be performed in the office with only local anesthesia. We will then perform minor surgery where the tissue and bone around the wisdom tooth are removed and the tooth is extracted from the socket. Afterwards, you will receive specific instructions on steps to take to ensure a speedy recovery and tell you the signs to look out for that may be signs of complications. If you or your teenager’s wisdom teeth are coming in, make an appointment today.