Wisdom Teeth Removal Can Protect Your Long-term Oral Health
Get Wise, Remove Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth removal is perhaps the most common form of oral surgery, and one well practiced by the team of Northland Dental Medicine. Sometime during your late teens to early twenties, your third and final set of molars, or “wisdom teeth,” emerges. For some people, this poses no problem. The teeth protrude normally through the gums, and their mouth has enough room for the teeth to grow in naturally. For others, wisdom teeth present problems as they try to push through the gums – problems that normally arise due to the molars being impacted. When a wisdom tooth is growing in at an angle and not directly up and out through the gums, the tooth is impacted. X-rays taken during a routine dental exam can expose if the wisdom teeth are in fact impacted and if they will need to be removed.
Surgery and Treatments
Doctors don’t normally recommend leaving impacted wisdom teeth as they lie. What seems like a trivial matter can cause a slew of complications. When the molars are growing in at an angle, they can cause structural damage to the jaw and/or other teeth. Additionally, the impacted wisdom teeth can provide a breeding ground for bacteria, as they are difficult to reach and clean. In order to avoid these obstacles, oral surgeons remove the wisdom teeth entirely. Patients are put under anesthesia and the wisdom teeth are removed. During the healing process sometimes, facial swelling, bleeding, and a small to moderate amount of discomfort are typical, but afterward things will return to normal and your mouth will be healthy once more.
If your x-rays indicated impacted wisdom teeth, consider the oral surgery center at Northland Dental Medicine for your removal needs.
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