What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Third Molars, also known as “Wisdom Teeth” are submerged teeth that reside under the gum usually forming in early adulthood in the four corners of your posterior arches. Though most individuals have or have had wisdom teeth in their lifetime, some people never develop them. They are considered the last of your permanent teeth to erupt.
Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?
Good question, lets see if we can find out through a simple self-examination. You can identify your wisdom teeth by focusing on your upper and lower arches to see if a “third” molar exists. If nothing is found or if you are unsure, visit your dentist for conclusive answers. Your dentist will likely perform an X-Ray to verify if you have wisdom teeth.
Do My Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Extracted?
That depends on a few determining factors, but as a general rule when dealing with third molars, it his highly recommended that you be proactive in removing your wisdom teeth during your early adulthood / teenage years to alleviate any major dental complications later on.
Wisdom Teeth in many individuals break the gum surface cleanly, unobstructed, leaving the adjacent tooth / teeth unhindered. If you are fortunate enough to have this scenario, it is very important to properly maintain great oral hygiene around the third molar and its neighboring teeth.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, many individuals often experience the negative impact of third molars. These effects are usually felt when the wisdom tooth / teeth become impacted from a lack adequate growing room. Impacted Wisdom Teeth sometimes partially break the surface and / or even surface at an awkward angle, adding pressure to the adjacent tooth / teeth. Third molars that surface at peculiar angles create a situation where it is extremely hard maintain oral hygiene on both the wisdom molar and its neighbor. This uncomfortable scenario not only makes your wisdom teeth vulnerable to rapid tooth decay and recession, but neighboring teeth also become subjected to periodontal disease if not treated properly and in a timely manner.
Some Signs You May Have Impacted Teeth
- Gum inflammation behind your last visible tooth
- Foul or bad taste in that area
- Stiffness in your jaw
- Damage to an adjacent tooth
- Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
- Damage to surrounding bone
Here’s the rationale for preventive treatment:
- It’s difficult to predict future problems with impacted wisdom teeth.
- Symptom-free wisdom teeth could still harbor disease.
- Having your wisdom teeth makes you vulnerable to gum disease and tooth cavities.
- Removing impacted teeth lowers the risk of potential problems.
- Serious complications rarely happen in younger adults.
- Older adults may experience difficulty with surgery and complications after surgery.
Why Keller Family Dental?
If you or someone you know is currently experiencing any discomfort around their wisdom teeth, visit Keller Family Dental for a prompt consultation and plan of action. Our in-house Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Daniel Choi, DDS has years of experience in third molar extractions and has developed a fond reputation for extraordinary patient care, outcomes and overall satisfaction.
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“Wisdom Teeth: Learn About Removal, Pain, and Recovery.” MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015