Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties. These are the last set of molars to grow in and when properly aligned, can be a crucial asset to the mouth. Unfortunately, more often than not, wisdom teeth are misaligned and must be removed.
If wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may be angled horizontally, away or toward the second molars, or angled inward or outward. Wisdom teeth can actually damage adjacent teeth and compromise the jawbone or the nerves if not removed. When enclosed within the soft tissue, wisdom teeth can end up erupting through the gum. In instances of partial eruption, bacteria enters around the tooth and causes infection. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, swelling, a stiff jaw, pain and general illness.
Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?
Your dentist will periodically take an X-ray to see if your wisdom teeth came or if there are any issues with the alignment. Additionally, you may need to see an oral surgeon for further evaluation. Many dentists recommend that wisdom teeth be extracted before any complications arise. Removal of the wisdom teeth is an easier process on young people because the roots are not fully developed and the bone is less dense.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
The ease of extracting your wisdom teeth is completely dependent on the position and stage of development. Wisdom teeth that have erupted through the gums can be easily extracted, but when they are under the gums and embedded in the jawbone, an incision is required. In this situation, the wisdom teeth should be extracted in smaller sections in order to minimize the amount of bone that needs to be removed.
Contact Lindner Dental at 603.944.9196 to schedule an X-ray for your wisdom teeth!