Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Your wisdom teeth are the last of your adult teeth to erupt. While most of your adult teeth are in by the age of 13, the wisdom teeth come in during your late teens to early 20s. Also called the third molars, the wisdom teeth are the teeth most likely to become impacted, causing significant issues. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we can treat your impacted wisdom teeth to restore your oral health and improve your quality of life.
A Brief History of Wisdom Teeth
Thousands of years ago, the wisdom teeth were a very important feature in the mouth. Before the invention of cooking, the third molars played a crucial role in breaking down the variety of course foods that made up the human diet. With cooking, foods were softened, and the wisdom teeth lost their importance. As time when on, the human jaw began to shrink, yet the wisdom teeth continue to develop.
How Can My Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted?
Impacted wisdom teeth are those that cannot properly erupt or cannot erupt at all, through the gums. This can occur for some different reasons, including:
What Issues Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause?
When your wisdom teeth are impacted, several issues can arise that can compromise your oral health as well as interfere with your quality of life. Issues caused by wisdom tooth impaction include:
How are Impacted Wisdom Teeth Diagnosed?
If you are experiencing pain at the back of your jaw, it is important to make an appointment as soon as possible. To diagnose impacted wisdom teeth, we perform an oral exam. We check over your mouth, checking teeth for signs of damage and scanning your gums for signs of infection. Dental x-rays are also taken. These images allow us to see how your wisdom teeth are growing, if there are any cysts, and if any damage has been done to your jawbone. Once we have determined your wisdom teeth are impacted, we can then formulate a treatment plan.
Treating Impacted Wisdom Teeth with Extractions
The best way to deal with impacted wisdom teeth is to extract them. There are two types of extractions, simple and surgical. Wisdom teeth are often removed with a surgical extraction. Typically done under a local anesthetic, we begin with small incisions in your gums, exposing the wisdom teeth and the bone surrounding them. We then work to remove the wisdom teeth, removing any blockages in the way. In some cases, the wisdom teeth may need to be sectioned and removed in pieces. Once the teeth have been removed, the sockets are cleaned, and your gums are sutured closed. The wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced.
Extracting your wisdom teeth can eliminate discomfort and significantly improve your quality of life. If you suspect your wisdom teeth are impacted, call Beyond Dental and Implant Center today at (972) 591-7520 to schedule your appointment.