Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure at Coastal Jaw Surgery. At our offices in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill, we’ve seen thousands of patients who have had one or more wisdom teeth removed. Even though the procedure is routine, many patients still have questions and concerns going in. Your doctor will discuss every aspect of your procedure, recovery, and any questions you may have during your consultation. We’ll answer some of the most common questions in this blog post.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are four permanent adult teeth located at the back top and bottom corners of your mouth. Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to surface in the mouth. Most often, wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.
Why do some people and not others need to have their wisdom teeth removed?
Some people never develop wisdom teeth. For others, wisdom teeth erupt normally as their other molars did and cause no problems with impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth happen when the wisdom teeth do not have the space required to develop normally. In these cases, impacted wisdom teeth can erupt partially or not at all. They can also grow at an angle that hits other molars. When wisdom teeth become impacted, they need to be addressed.
How do wisdom teeth become impacted?
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems such as growing at an angle and hitting the next molar, growing at an angle toward the back of the mouth, growing at a right angle towards other teeth, or growing straight up but remaining trapped within the jawbone.
What are some of the common problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth?
First off, pain is a common occurrence when wisdom teeth are impacted. Food and debris can also become trapped behind impacted wisdom teeth. Other problems with impacted wisdom teeth include periodontal disease, tooth decay when a wisdom tooth erupts partially, damage caused to neighboring teeth and surrounding bone, development of a cyst around the impacted wisdom tooth, and/or complications with orthodontic treatments such as braces.
When is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon removes one or more wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, infection, and other dental problems, so they are often removed. Even if a wisdom tooth is not currently impacted, a surgeon may recommend removing it to prevent future problems. At Coastal Jaw Surgery, wisdom teeth extraction is performed by one of our oral surgeons.
My wisdom teeth aren’t causing me pain or any problems now. So why does my doctor want to remove them?
If you have symptom free, or asymptomatic, impacted wisdom teeth, it may still be necessary to remove them. Because it is difficult to predict when a problem could arise with an impacted wisdom tooth, many doctors may recommend removing it for some of the following reasons. Even asymptomatic teeth may still harbor disease, so your doctor may recommend removing it for this reason. If there isn’t enough space for the wisdom tooth to eventually erupt, it is difficult or impossible to access it and clean it properly. Serious complications from wisdom teeth are less often a concern with younger adults and teens, so it is often a good choice to have the procedure while you are young and will have less difficulty with surgery and possible complications after, as are more common among older adults.
Learn more about wisdom tooth removal here. You can also contact us at 1-800-NEW-LOOK to schedule a consultation.
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Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants, oral surgery, Same Day Teeth®, or periodontal services or use the contact form below to reach out to us with any questions you may have. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.
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