Here’s What You Should Know About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth (sometimes known as third molars) are the last permanent teeth to develop in the adult dentition. These teeth are known to develop slowly and their formation is typically considered to be complete in teens or young adults between the ages of 17 and 21. Patients who have been diagnosed with wisdom teeth problems will typically be advised to have them removed during this time period. Patients in this age group tend to enjoy uncomplicated surgical experiences and faster recoveries, making this the prime time for having the wisdom teeth easily extracted.
Leaving the Wisdom Teeth in Place Can be a Risky Decision
The decision to have your wisdom teeth extracted is always yours to make. While your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend having them removed, you might be tempted to forego surgery and leave the teeth alone – especially if they aren’t particularly bothering you at the moment. What’s the risk of leaving these teeth in place?
- Infection – Wisdom teeth are prone to infections that are hard to control. Most wisdom teeth infections are chronic and low-grade, making your immune system work overtime to fight it. Infections of this nature are likely to flare up unpredictably and often tend to mimic severe flu-like symptoms such as nausea, pain, and fever.
- Gum Disease – Wisdom teeth that are partially exposed to the oral cavity can allow bacteria to travel under the gum tissue which can trigger a localized gum infection and pain.
- Decay – Hard to reach areas like the wisdom teeth will collect cavity-causing bacteria which can lead to tooth decay.
- Crowding – Pressure between the wisdom teeth and the adjoining teeth can cause fractures, crowding, food traps, and cavities.
- Poor Position – The unhealthy position of the wisdom teeth can irritate the gums and interfere with your bite as well as cause straight teeth to shift or become misaligned.
- Cysts – Impacted wisdom teeth may lead to the formation of damaging cysts inside the jaw bone. These destructive cysts have been known to lead to jaw bone fractures.
Sedation for an Exceptional Extraction Experience
We understand that you may feel very uncomfortable with the thought of having your wisdom teeth extracted. For this reason, we often perform this procedure under IV sedation (known as twilight sleep). With sedation, we can accommodate your personal needs to make your surgical experience as pleasant and free from pain as possible.
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