Did you know that emerging wisdom teeth could affect placement of your existing teeth? If you have previously invested time and money into straightening your smile, your wisdom teeth can threaten their placement if you don’t have them extracted. Our oral surgeon provides tooth extractions for wisdom teeth along with diseased teeth that require removal.
How Wisdom Teeth Affect Tooth Placement
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that erupt through the jaw and gums during adulthood. These teeth normally begin to come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Since the rest of a person’s adult teeth have been established in their positions for years, wisdom teeth have little room to erupt through the gums in a healthy position. This crowding means that wisdom teeth will come in sideways or only partially erupt as most of the tooth’s structure is stuck in the gums and jaw. As third molars try to emerge, they will crowd the rest of the teeth in the mouth. This means that existing adult teeth might become overlapped and crooked.
Other Problems Associated With Wisdom Teeth
Not only can wisdom teeth change the positioning of teeth, they can contribute to a host of oral health problems. If wisdom teeth don’t come through the gums upright, they can increase a patient’s risk for cavities and gum disease. Moreover, the crowding associated with wisdom tooth eruption is often painful for many people. Frequent headaches and orofacial tenderness are not uncommon when wisdom teeth come through.
Gentle Wisdom Tooth Removal
Our oral surgeon is a specialist who possesses additional education and training (in addition to a standard doctor of dental surgery degree) to perform many types of treatments and surgeries in the oral and maxillofacial region. Our practice utilizes the latest techniques to streamline the tooth extraction process so that our guests enjoy expedient and comfortable treatment. During procedures, we will also use anesthetic and sedative medication, if necessary, to ensure that those having their wisdom teeth removed do not feel uneasiness or discomfort.
Contact our office to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about tooth removal, or make an appointment with our caring team today.