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To Extract Or Not To Extract-Wisdom Teeth

Typical factors in why wisdom teeth need to be extracted:

  • Impacted
  • Hindrance with the bite
  • Decayed
  • Impending danger of periodontal disease
  • Disturbance with an adjacent tooth restoration
  • Disturbance with orthodontic appliances

Typical concerns connected with wisdom teeth can consist of:

  • Aching, inflamed gums simply because harder to maintain clean
  • An infection due to the fact any food lodged between gum tissues turn into a breeding ground for bacteria
  • Crowding or damaging of neighboring teeth, potentially leading to orthodontic treatment

Potential damaging of nerves and jawbone caused by cyst formation requiring significant surgery

The average adult mouth has 28 teeth; interestingly, typically in the late teenage years there are a total of 32 teeth. These four extra teeth which are the last teeth to emerge are typically referred to as “wisdom teeth.”  While they might not trigger pain or infection depending on the prognosis sometimes extracting wisdom teeth so that you can avert more difficult, maybe even serious, surgery in the future is advised.   According to Dr. Neff of Golden Triangle Dentistry, “the advantages of this approach are  that the roots of the teeth won’t be fully developed yet, and also bone around the teeth should be much less dense.  It is also faster and easier for a younger individual to recover from wisdom tooth extraction whereas maturing may result in a lengthier recuperation.”  Wisdom teeth don’t have to be extracted if they align properly and gum tissue is healthy. As this commonly does not occur, wisdom teeth extraction is actually required if they’re restricted from properly emerging. Some might partially surface through the gum, grow sideways, and in some cases stay trapped below the gum and bone as a consequence of the small space in one’s mouth. An impacted tooth takes various positions in the bone since they try to find a path that will enable them to erupt properly.

Impacted teeth are wisdom teeth that do not emerge into the mouth and develop in the correct way. They could be hindered by bone as well as other teeth, or possibly tilted below the gums. Impacted teeth causes major issues, like decay, gum disease, infection, cysts (fluid-filled sacs) and perhaps tumors. Cysts are threatening since they just might lead to irreversible damage to the bone, nerves and teeth.

Essentially for pain avoidance, the extraction of wisdom teeth is conducted under localized or general anesthesia, or laughing gas. An anesthetic is administered to the wisdom teeth section and neighboring tissue. The moment you are thoroughly numb, the wisdom teeth are extracted; the gum is sutured. Following the operation, bleeding as well as swelling and discomfort might result.  Prescribed oral pain medication for discomfort as well as a cold compress and keeping a cold solution and soft food diet for a few days immediately after facilitate the healing process.

In coming to a determination whether to keep your wisdom teeth, you should realize that you can’t plainly overlook them.  Routine dental check-ups and x-rays of the mouth will help evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and prognosticate if there can be present or future concerns. Studies reveal that early assessment and treatment result in a much healthier outcome for any individual.

Please visit www.goldentriangledentistry.com or call (951) 677-1054 to address your wisdom teeth extraction.

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