Wisdom Teeth and Your Smile
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth – usually between the ages of 17 and 25. In some people, this occurs uneventfully and these larger teeth simply assimilate into the proper position in your mouth. Unfortunately, the majority of people experience problems when wisdom teeth begin erupting, and the symptoms range from mild discomfort and over-crowding to severe pain caused by impacted third molars.
What is wisdom tooth impaction?
When your wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to move into proper position (“erupt”) due to overlying bone, gum tissue or other teeth, they become impacted. People with impacted wisdom teeth often experience pain, and these teeth are also prone to infection, in addition to crowding out adjacent teeth or tooth roots.
In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth goes undetected for years because the teeth are not painful. However, over time, people who keep their wisdom teeth are at greater risk for periodontal disease – an infection of your mouth, including your gums and jaw bone.
When should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?
For most people, the optimal age to have your wisdom teeth removed is during young adulthood (16-19 years old). At this time, the third molars have relatively short roots, which makes them easier to remove. Waiting later than 19 or 20 years old can cause greater complications with the surgery, as the longer roots may have grown into sinus spaces or close to main nerves in your jaw. If you are already past this age, your general dentist or Dr. Parham can assess the urgency of having your wisdom teeth removed.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction or Removal with Sedation
Dr. Parham has over 25 years of experience with difficult tooth extraction cases, including impacted wisdom teeth. As Dalton’s only sedation dentist, Dr. Parham will ensure that you or your child experience relaxation and ease during the procedure – with minimal discomfort. For patients under 18 years old, we can utilize digital x-rays to determine the optimal time to have the teeth removed to prevent future dental problems and give the easiest possible surgical experience.
If you are a candidate for wisdom tooth removal, we invite you to call (706) 278-5344 for a consultation appointment.
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