During your most recent visit to the dentist, you were informed that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Though you may know people who have had them pulled before, you had never considered the fact that you may need to get yours extracted as well. Even if the eruption of these teeth hasn’t caused you any pain or discomfort, there are other reasons why you may need to have them pulled. Continue reading to learn about some reasons for wisdom teeth removal as well as how the procedure works.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are also called third molars. This is because they are the third set of molars to come in. They generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, but some people don’t have them at all. The reason why we have wisdom teeth is because ancient humans used to use them to chew and gnaw on tough foods. But, since our diets have changed over time and human facial structure has become narrower, wisdom teeth no longer have enough space to fit in our mouths.
Do I Need to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Though wisdom teeth removals are common, not everyone needs to get them removed. If your wisdom teeth grow in straight and aren’t causing any oral health problems, you probably won’t have to have them pulled. There are a few reasons why people need to undergo wisdom teeth removal, including:
- Gum inflammation making it difficult to properly clean partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Jaw damage due to cysts forming around your teeth and harming the nerves
- Damage to adjacent teeth due to third molars pushing against them
- Alignment problems from wisdom teeth pushing on them
- Sinus issues, like increased pressure and congestion
- Cavities due to gum pockets that form
How Will My Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?
Before your dentist begins the wisdom teeth removal, they will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent you from experiencing any pain or discomfort. If part of the tooth is peeking through the gums, your dentist will wobble it back and forth until it detaches from the jawbone. But, if the tooth is stuck under the gum line, they may need to make a small incision to expose it. They will then remove the tooth in sections.
If your dentist says that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, it’s important to schedule the treatment as soon as possible. This will help ease any pain that you may be experiencing and will prevent your third mowers from damaging your gorgeous grin!
About the Practice
Advanced Dental Care of Allen treats their Texas patients with the effective, efficient oral health care they deserve. They administer a variety of treatments, such as wisdom teeth removal. They can answer any questions you have about the procedure so you feel comfortable with and confident in the treatment you’re receiving. If you want to learn more about wisdom teeth removal at Advanced Dental Care of Allen or are interested in setting up an appointment with Dr. Keyvan Kar and his skilled team, you can visit their website or call their office at (214) 260-9911.