Edmond Dentist: When Wisdom Teeth Become Problematic
Third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth” are usually the last teeth that appear. The science varies on when these teeth usually grow for most people. As our Edmond dentist will tell you, the truth is it’s just a matter of when it happens for you. Some people get their wisdom teeth at a young age, while some others get them in adulthood. If you don’t grow any, then you have nothing to worry about as this is just something that doesn’t happen for every person. The problem for those that do have them comes along when pain due to crowding or impacted wisdom teeth occurs.
Do you have crowding?
It can be damaging when wisdom teeth start growing in if there isn’t enough room for them to align properly. Even if they happen to grow in the upright position it’s possible for them to push the existing teeth forward. This can force some teeth to overlap or appear crooked. In these types of cases our Edmond dentist would recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth to prevent further damage.
Are they impacted?
Impacted wisdom teeth are named as such, because they are blocked from growing in properly. Often, these teeth remain below the surface of the gums and lie horizontally rather than in the upright position. This is most likely due to not having enough room to grow. Allowing an impacted wisdom tooth to remain as is promotes plaque and bacteria to build up which can lead to the development of cavities. Additionally, infections can occur making it a much more painful experience. Of course, our Edmond dentist would recommend removal of impacted wisdom teeth for the safety of our patient!
When your wisdom teeth become problematic don’t hesitate to give our Edmond dentist a call. We look forward to providing the best dental care possible and getting your back to a state of comfort rather than pain.
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