Impacted Wisdom TeethWednesday, May 19th, 2010, 4:09 pm
Wisdom teeth are the very last teeth at the back of your upper and lower gums. They are technically called third molars and there are usually 4 of them but sometimes extras do appear. These teeth usually appear during the late teens or early twenties and are the last teeth to arrive in the mouth. Many times there is not enough room in the mouth for these new teeth and they do not grow in normally. Commonly, they become “impacted” or grow in at an angle or sideways. These impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and damage to other teeth.
Even when these third molars erupt normally in the mouth, they are still routinely removed. This is because they are located so far back in the jaw that it is difficult to clean them adequately. Wisdom teeth are particularly vulnerable to decay and poor cleaning may contribute to gum disease.
Removal of impacted wisdom teeth is urged before symptoms appear. Dental x-rays can show the location of the teeth and help your dentist decide what treatment is needed. When symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth do appear they frequently include: pain, swelling, bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
The treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction. The surgery to remove wisdom teeth should not be painful because the area will be fully numbed before the procedure begins. Depending upon how anxious the patient is about the procedure additional medicine or sedation options are available.
Any questions you have regarding wisdom teeth can be answered during a consultation with Dr. Wilbanks at our Toccoa, Georgia office. You will not be referred to another doctor for routine wisdom tooth removal. Unlike most dental offices, The Wilbanks Smile Center is proud to offer a comprehensive list of dental treatment options to our patients. Please call today at 706-886-9439 to book your appointment.