Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. When wisdom teeth fail to erupt properly, they can become problematic. Wisdom teeth can become impacted when there is not enough room in the mouth for them to fit properly. When wisdom teeth erupt only partially, they are referred to as being “impacted.” Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth. Our experienced dentist at Caspian Dental Center provides the best dental treatments based on your specific needs.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Because of their location, wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, swelling, and infection. Because they may also affect adjacent teeth, wisdom teeth removal is often recommended to prevent crowding and orthodontic issues.
Wisdom teeth often cause infections, and these infections can spread to surrounding teeth and cause more serious issues. Removing wisdom teeth can prevent future dental problems.
If wisdom teeth erupt improperly, they can crowd the other teeth. Unfortunately, there are no other teeth that can “move up” to accommodate the third molars. This can lead to dental problems such as malocclusion or misalignment. Wisdom teeth extractions are the best way to realign the teeth and prevent dental problems.
If wisdom teeth are unable to erupt because the space is too small, the gums around these teeth can become inflamed and irritated. This condition is called periodontitis and can lead to many oral health problems.
Sometimes, wisdom teeth need to be removed because they are decayed. These teeth are also at a higher risk of developing cancer.
Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Avoiding Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common problem among adults. It’s caused by plaque building up around the teeth and irritating the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth could create hard-to-reach corners where plaque could build up and cause gum disease. Extracting the wisdom teeth eliminates these corners and enable you to brush and floss more effectively.
Preserves Jaw Bone Density
As mentioned, impacted wisdom teeth could cause gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause bone degeneration and, eventually, tooth loss. The best way to prevent bone degeneration in this instance is to extract the impacted wisdom teeth and avoid gum disease altogether.
Saves Space in the Mouth and Protects Nearby Teeth
When wisdom teeth are impacted, they don’t have room to grow properly. This is especially common when wisdom teeth grow from under existing molars, causing overcrowding that in turn causes malocclusion and all the problems that brings. Extracting the wisdom teeth even before they get impacted would ensure that the remaining teeth’s alignment and spacing are maintained, preventing tooth decay and other problems malocclusion would have brought.
Protecting nearby teeth
During a tooth extraction, your dentist in West Hollywood will also make sure to remove any nearby teeth that are also at risk of decay. For instance, a wisdom tooth may push other teeth forward, making those teeth harder to reach with a toothbrush and floss.
Get in touch with Caspian Dental Center at 410 Park Grove Dr., Katy, TX 77450, or call (832)-501-9392 to book an appointment for the best dental care.