Ever since you were young, you have probably heard the term wisdom teeth being thrown around, especially among people who are in their late teens or early twenties. The stories you hear about wisdom teeth—the pain, the chipmunk cheeks, the wackiness you may feel—it makes you a little scared to think that you may end up in the same pain and stature. But of course, all you know is that wisdom teeth must go. However, have you ever stopped to consider what wisdom teeth are?
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that people get. These teeth can be helpful and be of a valuable asset if it grows healthy and properly aligned. This does not require the teeth to be removed. Therefore, in what instances should wisdom teeth be removed?
• When wisdom teeth are nonaligned. These often require removal, especially since they may affect the alignment of all of your other teeth. It may also cause pain in the future as well.
• When wisdom teeth are impacted. Impacted means that the wisdom teeth are still enclosed in the soft tissue or jawbone, or if it is partially erupted through the gum. This requires removal because partial eruption gives an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and therefore cause an infection, resulting in pain, swelling, jay stiffness, and illness. The tooth may also be exposed to tooth decay and gum disease, especially since it will be hard to keep up good dental hygiene for that tooth because of its location.
How will you know what wisdom teeth you have?
Visit 7 Day Dental’s dentists. They will be able to tell you the positioning of your wisdom teeth and inform you of whether or not you need it removed. If you need it to be removed, our dentists will be able to discuss with you the process of extraction and the possible side effects that the extraction may pose.
However, our oral surgeons are expertly trained and skilled, and will be able to help you extract your wisdom teeth in a timely manner. Our oral surgeons will help you determine when is best to extract the tooth and do so accordingly. Their main goal is to provide the best dental care and procedure results as possible, and so they will never dissatisfy you.
Call or visit 7 Day Dental Lincoln to book your consultation or appointment today!