Wisdom Teeth for Dummies

By February 12, 2015Blog

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Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. This generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.” It is often recommended to remove a couple or all Wisdom Teeth before complications come about. As always, discuss all options with your Dentist to see what is the best option for you.

WHAT IS AN IMPACTED TOOTH?

A tooth becomes impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch and its growth and eruption are prevented by overlying gum, bone or another tooth.

Every person is different and the amount of impact may vary. It is suggested to visit your dentist for an X-Ray to see the state of your wisdom teeth.

HOW SERIOUS IS AN IMPACTED TOOTH?

Impacted teeth can be painful and lead to infection. They may also crowd or damage your other teeth or roots.

More serious problems may occur if the sac surrounding the impacted tooth becomes filled with fluid and enlarges to form a cyst. As the cyst grows it may hollow out the jaw and permanently damage adjacent teeth, the surrounding bone and nerves.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF WISDOM TEETH

Various Types of Wisdom TeethMUST THE TOOTH COME OUT IF IT HASN’T CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS YET?

Not all problems related to third molars are painful or visible. Damage can occur without your being aware of it.

As wisdom teeth grow, their roots become longer, the teeth become more difficult to remove and complications become more likely. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth are more likely to cause problems as patients age.

No one can predict when third molar complications will occur, but when they do, the circumstances can be much more painful and the teeth more difficult to treat.

YOUR FIRST STEP

The first and most important thing that any teenage needs to do is get their teeth checked out by their dentist.  A Simple X-Ray will tell us if the Wisdom teeth need to be removed, and whether any potential problems may arise.

Call your Dentist at SoCal Dental Care now for an appointment: 818.821.8308