Need your wisdom teeth removed? Call us today?
Wisdom teeth are at the back of the mouth; they are the third and very last molars that may grow during the late teen years or early twenties. When wisdom teeth grow perfectly, in some cases you may not require extraction: however, often they’re misaligned and require extraction due to discomfort or pain. Wisdom teeth are generally not properly aligned due to horizontal growth which can result in crowding or impacting adjoining teeth. The wisdom tooth itself can also be fully or partially impacted and may also be at risk of infection, tooth decay or gum disease if left untreated. Around the age of 17 - 25, most people have their wisdom teeth coming in. It’s important to schedule an appointment with Milltown Dental so we can get a better look and understanding of your wisdom teeth situation. If we determine they need removal, we’ll discuss your options for that process. It’s vital to get ahead of them so they don’t cause any severe oral health issues. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Why it’s done?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to appear (erupt) in the mouth. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people never develop wisdom teeth. For others, wisdom teeth erupt normally — just as their other molars did — and cause no problems.
Many people develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that don't have enough room to erupt into the mouth or develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt only partially or not at all.
An impacted wisdom tooth may
- Grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar)
- Grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth
- Grow at a right angle to the other teeth, as if the wisdom tooth is "lying down" within the jawbone
- Grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone
Problems with impacted wisdom teeth
You'll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled if it results in problems such as:
- Trapping food and debris behind the wisdom tooth
- Infection or gum disease (periodontal disease)
- Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
- Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone
- Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
- Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth
Preventing future dental problems
Dental specialists disagree about the value of extracting impacted wisdom teeth that aren't causing problems (asymptomatic).
It's difficult to predict future problems with impacted wisdom teeth. However, here's the rationale for preventive extraction:
At Milltown Dental, we concentrate on fast and pain free treatment of these cumbersome third molars. Making use of various techniques and technologies we ensure a comfortable experience during the wisdom tooth removal procedure.
- Symptom-free wisdom teeth could still harbor disease.
- If there isn't enough space for the tooth to erupt, it's often hard to get to it and clean it properly.
- Serious complications with wisdom teeth happen less often in younger adults.
- Older adults may have trouble with surgery and complications after surgery.