Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to erupt, usually during the late teens or early twenties. Since they develop much later compared to other permanent teeth, they have the tendency to cause multiple dental problems which can make wisdom teeth removal a necessity. Extracting one, two, or all four of the troublesome third molars can help resolve the problems you’re experiencing now and prevent future problems.
Why Wisdom Teeth Removal May Be Necessary
Sometimes, the wisdom teeth don’t come through the gum properly. This may happen because the jaw is too small, such that there isn’t enough space for the tooth to develop properly. Alternatively, the tooth may develop in the wrong direction. When a wisdom tooth doesn’t erupt properly, it is known as an impacted wisdom tooth.
Impacted wisdom teeth are associated with a number of problems that can be resolved by extraction, including:
- Recurrent infection of the gum overlying a wisdom tooth that is part way through the gum – pericoronitis
- Decay in the wisdom tooth – which is difficult to repair
- Abscess or tooth infection due to advanced dental decay
- Tooth decay in the adjacent molars due to an impacted gum disease
- Periodontal disease in the surrounding gum tissue of an impacted tooth
- Progressive cystic (fluid-filled sac) that forms around the tooth
Wisdom teeth may also be considered troublesome if they push adjacent teeth out of alignment causing crowding or if they interfere with orthodontic treatment or other dental work. Moreover, they’re generally hard to clean, considering they’re at the back of the mouth, which may add to any dental/gum problems.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you’re struggling with any of the above problems, Dr. Jeffrey Stein in Lancaster, Palmdale will perform a thorough dental exam to determine whether you’re a good candidate for wisdom tooth removal. This exam includes a review of your dental and medical history, physical examination of all your teeth and gums, check for signs of infection, and x-rays of your teeth and jaws.
Wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient surgical procedure. Dr. Stein may recommend the removal of all 4 teeth at once, or in separate procedures for each side of your mouth. Each session lasts anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours, including recovery from anesthesia.
Please visit Dr. Stein in Lancaster for a thorough examination of your troublesome wisdom teeth and a personalized treatment plan that may involve removal.