Wisdom Teeth

Why removing your wisdom teeth might be right for you

wisdom-teeth-beverly-maWisdom teeth are known as third molars that come in between the age of 16 and 25. Many people develop wisdom teeth without any issue, but they can still be very problematic later in life. Some problems caused by wisdom teeth are partial eruption, impactions, lack of space, and cleaning issues.

If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, talk to your dentist as soon as possible. The key to preventing pain and serious issues is identifying and treating any problems early.

Some problems caused by wisdom teeth

A partial eruption occurs when your teeth do not fully emerge from your gum. This can be a very painful process that traps bacteria and may eventually lead to an infection underneath your jaw bone.

Impaction happens with the tooth actually points the wrong way. If a tooth is pointed towards the front or back of your mouth, horizontally or vertically, then it most likely will not erupt at all. An impaction can cause significant pain and possibly damage other teeth.

Wisdom teeth are also commonly removed because lack of space. Your mouth may not have enough room for four more molars. If this is the case, then your molars will force other teeth to move for them. This can lead to misalignment of your teeth and jaw.

Furthermore, several people experience difficulty with cleaning their wisdom teeth properly because they are located in the very back of the jaw. Wisdom teeth are more likely to decay than any other tooth. This can cause an increase of bacteria and possible infection.

Wisdom teeth examination and treatment

page-images-wisdom-teethYour wisdom teeth can easily be checked on during a regular dental appointment, so you do not have to schedule a special appointment. Dr. Ben Polan will provide an in depth examination of your teeth. If Dr. Polan believes there is an issue with your wisdom teeth, he will order x-rays for further clarification. The x-rays will show deterioration, decay, and what is happening under your gums. If Dr. Ben Polan finds any problems, he will be able to assist you in getting a treatment plan.

If you are currently experiencing pain from your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment right away. In most cases, if wisdom teeth are not treated, then the problem will only continue to get worse. It is important to have your wisdom teeth checked out, so you can prevent future pain, infection, and discomfort.

Wisdom teeth removal is very common, but it can be complicated if your wisdom teeth are severely damaged. Dr. Ben Polan has the experience and expertise of knowing when wisdom teeth should be removed. Dr. Polan will refer you to the best oral surgeon that will take care of your needs.