Your permanent teeth start to erupt or emerge from your gums during your childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. The front teeth emerge earliest while the molars are last. Your third molars are usually last to arrive in your mouth. Third molars are also known as wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth emerge in the very back of the mouth; sometimes the wisdom teeth never emerge and stay impacted under the gum. There are usually four wisdom teeth; two on the top on both the left and the right, and two on the bottom on both the left and the right. Many people have no issues with their wisdom teeth coming in. But many people have wisdom teeth that cause pain, swelling, and infection. Wisdom tooth extraction may be needed to alleviate these issues.
Wisdom teeth can be emerged, impacted, or partially impacted. The type of extraction needed will be dependent on the state of the wisdom teeth. An extraction is straightforward when the teeth have emerged and are visible. At this point, they can be pulled just like any other tooth. An impacted or partially impacted wisdom tooth may require surgery to extract it. Bone may need to be surgically removed if the tooth is underneath it.
The emergence of wisdom teeth can be quite painful. The wisdom teeth can be uninvited guests taking up too much room in the mouth. This can cause the wisdom teeth to grow in sideways or misaligned, pressing on nerves and bone. This can overcrowd the mouth. The wisdom teeth may cause a flap in the gums as they emerge. Bacteria may build up under this gum flap while the wisdom teeth poke through. This can cause a painful infection called periocoronitis. Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that never emerge from gums. These teeth may also stay beneath the bones causing pain and potential problems for the rest of your teeth.
If you or a family member has wisdom teeth coming in, schedule a consultation at Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, TX for an extraction by calling 972-335-7100.