Wisdom Tooth Removal (Extraction)
Your third molars (aka Wisdom Teeth) are the last teeth to develop and usually emerge around age 17. For most people, the lower jaw doesn’t have enough space to accommodate these new teeth. Thus wisdom teeth are forced to grow in at an angle and butt up against existing molars, causing a host problems. Many young adults choose to remove these teeth during their teen years, to avoid potential problems of impaction, infection, swelling, and orthodontic concerns.
What is an Impacted Tooth?
And why do I care?
Impaction is when a tooth gets blocked as it is pushing through the gum into your mouth. This happens commonly in wisdom teeth because there’s often not enough room in your mouth for them. This impaction can cause the tooth to be tilted or even grow in fully sideways in your jaw!
When an impacted wisdom tooth tries to come in, the flap of gum on top of it can become infected and swollen. This can hurt. You might even feel pain in nearby teeth, or in the ear on that side of your face. If untreated, this infection can spread, and severe infections can require a hospital stay.
Impacted teeth also can get cavities. AND! An impacted tooth can push on the neighboring molar causing decay, movement, and gum disease.
With examination and 3D Digital X-rays, Dr. Draper can determine whether your jaw will have adequate space to accommodate your wisdom teeth. If it is determined that you are likely to have impacted wisdom teeth, it’s often wise to remove them sooner rather than later.
Benefits of NOT Waiting
The early bird gets the.. eh.. tooth?
Many teenagers and young adults opt to remove wisdom teeth ASAP so that they can:
- Avoid precious time away from classes, internships, and career opportunities
- Take advantage of their parents’ dental insurance (usually up to age 25)
- Travel overseas, study abroad, or attend school in another state, without worrying about access to dental care
- Prevent a more complications and surgery down road when the roots grow longer and the bone is more dense
Keeping It Comfortable
Sedative options available
Better Dental offers a variety of sedation options in our Apex dental office. Nitrous oxide and conscious oral sedation are two of the most popular methods we use to help our guests feel relaxed and comfortable during their procedure.