Friday, July 20, 2018

Wisdom Teeth: The Dental Connection!

No one ever seems to wake up one day and decide that there's nothing else better to do than to have their wisdom teeth removed! However, since wisdom teeth generally begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, many patients may need to consider their removal for many reasons, including pain, infection, or growth issues. Check out the list below that reviews the most common issues associated with wisdom teeth.

  • Overcrowding
    • Many patients have smaller mouths and jaws, which do not allow room for the third molars (wisdom teeth) to grow in properly. If these teeth do erupt, overcrowding can occur.  Your teeth can begin to shift or overlap each other.   Wisdom teeth that erupt after orthodontic care is completed can cause the teeth to shift and negate the work performed.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth
    • When wisdom teeth are impacted, they are trapped below your gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and may be prone to abscess and infection.  The impaction can also lead to decay and resorption of healthy teeth.
  • Decay
    • Even if wisdom teeth grow in properly, their location makes it very hard to care for.  Statistically, there is an increased risk for decay and gum disease the closer any tooth is to your throat due to access for home care as well an increase also occurs the older one becomes.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

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