Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal.
Understanding Your Wisdom Teeth
When most hear the words “wisdom teeth,” surgery comes to mind. But, how much do you actually know about your wisdom teeth. Let’s explain.
As mentioned above, the third and final set of molars often grow in misaligned. When wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars, or be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves.
Wisdom teeth also can be impacted -- they are enclosed within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum. Partial eruption of the wisdom teeth allows an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection, which results in pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness.
Partially erupted teeth are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease because their hard-to-reach location and awkward positioning makes brushing and flossing difficult.
Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
The team at Dr. Moore’s office monitors the progression of your wisdom teeth each time you visit the office. Once the team recognizes that the wisdom teeth are beginning to enter your mouth, we will begin to examine the best options for you.
Each patient presents a unique situation. We will make sure to properly diagnose you and present you with the best treatment plan for the growing issue.
Do you think the time has come to check in on those wisdom teeth? Schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you make the decision.
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