Don't Ignore Your Wisdom Teeth

Friday, November 15th, 2013, 2:01 pm

Many people choose to ignore their wisdom teeth until they are in severe pain or require surgery. But ignoring wisdom teeth issues isn’t wise and they should be dealt with as soon as they appear – and most often, only your dentist can spot the first signs of potential wisdom tooth complications.

Wisdom teeth, or the third molars situated at the very back of the mouth, get their moniker from the fact that they usually begin to sprout in the late teen years or early 20s for most people, usually between the ages of 17 and 25.

By keeping up with annual dental exams and getting regular cleanings twice a year, patients allow their dentist to monitor any dental changes. That way, whether a wisdom tooth is beginning to erupt or a fully-formed wisdom tooth is starting to move in a way that could cause problems in an adult’s jaw, the dentist will be able to assess the situation and determine the best course of action.

Possible complications caused by wisdom teeth include when the tooth is impacted, or when it does not grow in the right direction. Impacted wisdom teeth are especially common in the lower jaw, and because they are unable to break through the gum line, they put pressure onto neighboring teeth, causing pain and even damage.

In some cases, wisdom teeth are able to partially break through your gums, but do not erupt all the way through. This creates a small opening in the gums where food particles can get stuck, which attracts bacteria and can lead to infection. Infected gums are red, swollen and painful, and a partially erupted wisdom tooth can cause the area to become continuously re-infected and inflamed.

A wisdom tooth can also grow into the jawbone, which can cause damage to adjacent teeth’s roots and nerves. This condition can also damage the jawbone’s structure and even affect a person’s bite and jaw alignment. Dental x-rays will determine a wisdom tooth’s placement and development, so if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your back molars, see a dentist right away.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Toccoa

To learn more about wisdom tooth complications and how they can be treated, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

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