Common Problems with Wisdom Teeth
“Wisdom teeth” is the common, informal name given to the last set of molars that erupt at the ends of your dental ridges. Usually, the four molars bring the total number of teeth in a healthy adult mouth to 32. Unfortunately, many patients may not have enough space left for these four molars to erupt and grow properly. As a result, wisdom teeth are often forced to grow at odd angles that lead to a host of subsequent dental issues, including severe tooth pain and damage, until they are extracted . The good news is our dental professionals in Frisco and Plano, TX, can help alleviate these issues. Whether you’re already suffering from discomfort or you’ve simply never had your wisdom teeth removed, it’s important to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Commonly Extracted
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that cannot erupt straight because it has been impeded by either the jaw bone structure or a nearby molar. Despite the obstruction, the tooth will continue to grow and develop at an angle. As time passes, the pain from an impacted wisdom tooth can become severe and cause damage to the rest of your teeth. It’s important to take care of this issue before it becomes a more serious problem, leading to more extensive, expensive treatments.
Wisdom teeth are often extracted because of their tendency to cause problems like pain and overcrowding. Patients in Frisco and Plano, TX, may consider wisdom tooth extraction early to avoid potentially troublesome issues later. If you need a wisdom tooth extraction in Frisco, look no further than our team at Lone Star Dental Care for a painless experience from start to finish.
The Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Removing impacted wisdom teeth may be the only way to alleviate the discomfort. However, wisdom tooth extraction can benefit your oral health in other ways, including:
Improving your ability to bite and chew comfortably
Preventing damage to the surrounding jaw bone and periodontal tissues
Preventing or stopping damage to your surrounding teeth
Maintaining proper tooth alignment
When we perform a surgical wisdom tooth extraction in Frisco and Plano, TX, we offer IV sedation to help you stay calm and comfortable during your procedure. Dr. Quenzar, a board-certified anesthesiologist, will carefully administer the sedative and monitor your vitals and responsiveness throughout the procedure, giving you peace of mind your well-being is in good hands.
Here are important facts you should know about your wisdom teeth.
Not Everyone Has Wisdom Teeth
While most Americans do have wisdom teeth, it’s possible you will encounter someone who doesn’t. A gene called PAX9 is responsible for its development. Our team can take x-rays and check your mouth to determine if you have molars, if they are still developing or you are someone who doesn’t have them.
If You Have Wisdom Teeth, You Should Get Them Extracted
Wisdom teeth have a high possibility of causing dental diseases like pericoronitis (tissue inflammation), tooth decay, and impaction. It’s important for everyone, even those who don’t experience pain or discomfort because of their wisdom teeth, to be evaluated for removal.
There Are Issues That Stem from Wisdom Teeth
Many issues can come from wisdom teeth. Here are some, but not all, issues that stem from wisdom teeth:
Pericoronitis – this is tissue inflammation that surrounds a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
Tooth decay – decay can eventually lead to cavities. If the cavities aren’t treated, they lead to dental pulp inflammation and ultimately, tooth decay.
Impaction – This means your wisdom teeth never really broke through the gums or erupted, causing possible inflammation and infection. Did you know that impacted wisdom teeth can cause jaw and sinus issues?
Cysts – these can damage your jaw nerves and come from erupted wisdom teeth. The surrounding teeth can also be infected.
Many people don’t give their wisdom teeth a second thought until they cause obvious problems. However, our Frisco and Plano, TX, dentists recommend everyone see us to go over the current state of their wisdom teeth and determine whether extraction is necessary.
Allow our Frisco dental care team to take care of you when you need your wisdom teeth extracted. Contact our dental professionals in Frisco and Plano, TX, today to schedule an evaluation to see if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted.