Has your dentist recommended wisdom tooth removal? Removing wisdom teeth is a surgical procedure called a “tooth extraction.” It is a rare occurrence that wisdom teeth erupt without contributing to serious oral health concerns; this is why their removal is recommended. Having oral surgery to remove your wisdom teeth can lower your risks for developing periodontal disease, orthodontic issues, and cavities.
Following are answers to common questions about wisdom tooth extractions.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars. Now that human beings retain their biological teeth much longer than their ancestors did, wisdom teeth are not necessary. Moreover, since our first and second sets of molars stay healthy much longer, there is not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to erupt properly in healthy positions.
People can have up to four wisdom teeth. Some folks, however, might have none at all. These teeth normally begin to emerge between the ages of 17 and 25.
What happens if I decide to keep my third molars?
Keeping your wisdom teeth increases your risks for developing oral health problems such as gum disease, cavities, malocclusions, and abscesses. Third molars also contribute to orofacial pain like headaches and jaw pain. Retaining these teeth can reduce a person’s quality of life substantially.
What makes wisdom teeth so dangerous to oral health?
The underlying reason that wisdom teeth are problematic is the fact that these teeth rarely have the room to come through the bone and gums properly. They become impacted due to crowding. Impacted teeth are only partially exposed and debris tends to become trapped on the tooth’s surfaces under the gum line. Keeping impacted teeth clean is nearly impossible – therefore increasing a person’s risk for developing infections and decay.
Will I be comfortable during my procedure?
Yes, the comfort of our guests is very important. We administer anesthetic and sedating medication to ensure that our guests feel relaxed and comfortable during their treatments. We also utilize the latest surgical techniques and technology to reduce invasiveness for optimal comfort and expedient recoveries.
If you have additional questions about your oral surgery, call our team at Newton Dental Group today.