Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that tend to appear after adolescence (when a person is more “wise” — thus the name “wisdom teeth”). These third molars don’t always present painful problems. Sometimes wisdom teeth don’t develop at all or they develop just as other molars did, without complications.
Do I need to have these teeth extracted?
Poor alignment and impaction are the two main reasons wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary. When the final set of molars erupts (grows in) at an angle, it sometimes pushes on nearby straight teeth, altering their alignment. This is painful and can cause damage to neighboring teeth, as well as injure nerves and the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth result from either the last set of molars developing but failing to erupt — instead remaining encased in the jaw’s soft tissue — or from only partially erupting, creating a passageway for bacteria to get into the soft tissue.
How are problematic wisdom teeth treated?
Dr. Mann and his team at Sterling Family Dentistry will recommend the best treatment approach for you. If the doctor determines that extraction is best, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis in our office that feels like home.
How can these problems be prevented in the first place?
Regular check-ups to monitor the development of your wisdom teeth are essential to help prevent any complications. It’s during these recall appointments that the dentist examines your teeth and gums for potential issues. Early detection of developing wisdom teeth can help prevent symptoms such as pain, swelling and more serious complications.
How can I help make treatment a success?
After the tooth is removed with gentle, precision techniques, it will be important for you to follow the post-op instructions provided by the doctor. This helps to minimize any complications that can arise with extractions.