The third molars present in many adult mouths are often known as wisdom teeth, and these teeth are often extracted for a variety of reasons. A dentist will watch as the wisdom teeth grow in; reviewing radiographs or X-rays to determine the likelihood of problems. While not all wisdom teeth are extracted, if they start to cause frequent problems or discomfort, one or more may be removed for improved patient comfort and improved oral health.
Wisdom teeth that are fully erupted have grown in completely and are in their permanent positions within the mouth. If these teeth are kept healthy with good brushing and flossing, and they are not crowding the other teeth in the mouth, they may be maintained without much trouble. Moderate decay or the presence of mild cavities are common due to their positions in the far back of the mouth, but this can easily be treated with a filling.
When a dentist notices frequent problems around the wisdom teeth, extracting them is usually recommended.
Dentists and oral surgeons use dental X-rays to determine the present status of wisdom teeth, and to help in the assessment and determination of potential problems. If the wisdom teeth have not grown in yet but have potential to be problematic, extracting them may be recommended as a preventive treatment approach. In many cases, preemptively extracting the third molars improves the results of other treatment processes even when the wisdom teeth alone are not yet a problem.
When a dentist notices frequent problems around the wisdom teeth, extracting them is usually recommended. One of the most common problems involves third molars that have not grown in fully, which can result in frequent inflammation of the gums and soft tissue around the back of the mouth. The inflammation can also make it more difficult to clean the second and third molars, so extracting the third molars or wisdom teeth helps improve overall oral health and optimize oral health efforts.
Fully erupted wisdom teeth can be problematic as well. For example, if there is crowding in the mouth then removing the third molars can reduce the need for orthodontic treatment or improve orthodontic treatment results. The extra room after extractions helps patients better maintain oral health by making it easier to brush and floss effectively. For more information about wisdom teeth extractions and treatment options, contact our experienced team of oral health specialists at Newton Dental Group today!