Usually the final teeth to erupt, wisdom teeth are the last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaw. A common concern when it comes to wisdom teeth is having enough room for them to grow in. Crowding can lead to wisdom teeth becoming trapped, or impacted, which puts individuals at risk for pain and infection. Yet, some are able to accommodate their wisdom teeth without discomfort. While the reasoning and timing of wisdom teeth removal is not always clear, the American Dental Association recommends that patients ages 16-19 have an evaluation at the very least, to determine if extraction is best for them.
The lack of predictability regarding wisdom teeth is reason enough for some dentists to suggest removing them. Some grow in properly, while others do not. Some emerge slightly, while most of the tooth remains hidden. Some grow near the nerve of the lower jaw. As this process varies from person to person, dentists have discovered ways to avoid problems with wisdom teeth by suggesting removing them. To better understand, consider a wisdom tooth that is partially erupted. Once the gum tissue has been broken through, a passageway has been created. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Since it’s also more difficult to keep clean, the chance of oral infection and gum disease increases. Rather than take that chance, many dentists will suggest removing the teeth altogether. On the same note, for wisdom teeth with roots not fully formed, dentists believe that recovery is easier and faster.
As a rule, if you are experiencing any of the following, it is necessary to consult your dentist:
- Chronic infection in the tissue behind the lower last tooth
- Damage or Trauma to teeth nearby
- Gum Disease or Tooth Decay
Dr. Walford at Marvin Village Dentistry provides comprehensive dental services to you and your family. When it comes to teens and young adults, he understands that the structure and characteristics of every smile is different. Using x-ray equipment, Dr. Walford will be able to determine the positioning of your wisdom teeth, and help you make an informed decision about treatment. Call Marvin Village Dentistry today.
Posted on behalf of Marvin Village Dentistry