Wisdom teeth removal, also known as third molar extraction, is a common dental procedure in which one or more wisdom teeth are surgically removed. The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. By the time they fully emerge, the jaw is already fully developed. With limited space left for them to grow comfortably, wisdom teeth often become impacted or cause complications. Third molars that fail to erupt or grow sideways can damage adjacent teeth and cause infection and pain. To prevent future problems, our dentists at Dental Health Center may recommend wisdom teeth extraction.
Reason for Wisdom Teeth RemovalImpacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth may become impacted, meaning they fail to emerge through the gums fully. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth. They can also contribute to the development of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.Overcrowding
The eruption of wisdom teeth can disrupt the alignment of existing teeth, causing overcrowding or shifting of teeth. This can lead to bite problems, crooked teeth, and other orthodontic issues.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create an opening in the gum, allowing bacteria to enter and cause infections. Cysts or tumors may develop around impacted wisdom teeth, potentially damaging the jawbone or adjacent teeth.Misalignment
Wisdom teeth may grow at odd angles or in a direction not aligned with the other teeth. They can grow horizontally, diagonally, or towards or away from the neighboring teeth. Misaligned wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, bite problems, and even damage adjacent teeth.Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, making them difficult to clean properly. Their position and limited access make them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Wisdom teeth can increase the risk of developing cavities, gum inflammation, and infections.
The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Relief from pain and discomfort associated with impacted or problematic wisdom teeth.
- Prevention of future dental issues, such as infections, damage to adjacent teeth, and orthodontic problems.
- Improved oral health and hygiene, as cleaning and maintaining the remaining teeth without problematic wisdom teeth becomes easier.
The decision to remove wisdom teeth is typically made based on an evaluation of the patient's dental health, the position and condition of the wisdom teeth, and the likelihood of future problems. For the best dental care tailored to your needs, visit the most trusted dentist in Rexburg, ID located at 56 Professional Plaza, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 356-9262.