Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final teeth to emerge. Most individuals have four wisdom teeth with one each located at the back of the mouth on both the upper and lower arch of teeth. Many third molars erupt without issue; however, many patients will face problems that require extraction of these teeth.
A tooth that fails to erupt or just partly comes in require the talents of a skilled dental professional for proper extraction. You may ask why it is necessary to remove a tooth that has not erupted. The simple answer is that it may not be necessary, but perhaps is more preferred to avoid risk of infection, gum disease around third molars, and discomfort from facial pain.
Once wisdom teeth have been removed, concerns about the issues of disease, infection, and discomfort dissipate. Another advantage to removal of wisdom teeth, issues from overcrowding due to their presence is eliminated.
Patients that opt to keep their wisdom teeth may be faced with the difficulty of keeping the gum tissue around these teeth clean and free from plaque build-up. Plaque build-up can lead to dental decay, gum disease, and the potential of bone loss due to periodontal disease.
Many patients that keep wisdom teeth struggle with illnesses like chronic sinus infections and congestion. The primary advantage to keeping third molars is if teeth are small and the wisdom teeth allow for teeth to erupt properly and help to maintain a correct dental occlusion.
Wisdom teeth generally don’t erupt until late teens. But with dental x-rays, their exact position can be determined and a decision can be made about the advantages of extraction.
As with all dental procedures, a consultation with our skilled team will provide the information needed to make the best decision for your circumstance. But if their removal is recommended, your dental health and quality of life are likely to be enhanced along with the ability to maintain your smile. Contact Inspire Dental Group today to schedule your visit.