Wisdom teeth emerge in teenagers and young adults, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the final set of molars and are located in the back of the mouth. Millions of people get their wisdom teeth removed every year because these teeth can crowd the mouth and cause the surrounding teeth to misalign.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Can Preserve Your Smile
Wisdom teeth usually don’t have enough room to grow in the proper position, which can cause oral health problems down the road. Sometimes, erupting wisdom teeth can come in at odd angles, even horizontally.
Problematic wisdom teeth can:
#1 Stay hidden beneath or within the gums.
If the wisdom teeth cannot erupt properly, they can become impacted, or trapped in place. This can cause tremendous pain and discomfort, and it can also lead to infections or cysts, and even bone or root damage.
#2 Partially erupt through the gums.
Difficult to see and clean, wisdom teeth that only come in partially can attract and collect plaque. Essentially, the wisdom teeth can become a magnet for disease-causing bacteria.
#3 Overcrowd neighboring teeth.
Many times, wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to emerge correctly, which can damage the health of nearby teeth.
Removing wisdom teeth gives you an opportunity to preserve your smile and stay ahead of your oral health.
Signs You May Need Wisdom Teeth Removal
According to the American Dental Association, you may need a wisdom tooth removed if any of the following occur:
- You experience pain.
- Soft tissues are infected.
- Cysts or tumors develop.
- Gum disease develops.
- Your teeth are severely decayed.
- Nearby teeth are damaged.
We believe it’s always best to seek prompt dental treatment if you experience consistent pain or discomfort or notice any abnormalities. To remain proactive in their oral health, we highly encourage patients to get thorough dental exams and cleanings every six months.
We Gently Remove Problematic Wisdom Teeth
Only your dentist can determine if wisdom tooth removal is the best option for your oral health. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms, please contact our Metairie, LA dental office. Dr. Margaret Patterson and our team at Oak Family Dental can provide you with the wisdom tooth treatment you need. We will ensure your experience is a positive one, and we always aim to make our patients feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.