WISDOM TEETH PROBLEMS
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that do not begin to erupt until the late teens or early twenties. One of the problems with these teeth is that the jaw is not always large enough to accommodate them. As a result they can become misaligned or impacted and will require removal. Misaligned wisdom teeth can be incorrectly angled and can crowd or even damage the adjacent teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth try to erupt underneath the adjacent teeth, or will partially erupt, or will try to emerge through the side of the gums.
Partial eruption can mean a flap of gum is left partially covering the wisdom tooth, making it difficult to keep clean. As a result the tooth can become infected in a condition called pericoronitis. It is sometimes possible to clean out the infection, but it might reoccur, and by this stage your dentist is likely to recommend its extraction.
MONITORING WISDOM TEETH FOR PROBLEMS
If you visit Midtown Dentistry regularly, then your dentist will be monitoring your wisdom teeth for any potential problems through exams and dental x-rays. If they think there is a chance they will erupt normally they might choose to wait and see what happens. It can sometimes be best to have wisdom teeth extracted if there is no hope that they can erupt properly, as wisdom tooth extraction can be easier in younger people as the bone is less dense and the tooth roots are not fully developed.
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually very straightforward and can be carried out under a local anesthetic, but if you are particularly anxious then your oral surgeon at Midtown Dentistry can provide you with additional sedation to keep you comfortable.
Afterwards you might have some slight discomfort or bleeding, but this can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. If necessary, stronger pain medication can be prescribed. You might want to eat soft foods for the first few days after extraction, and it is important to keep the site clean and free from infection. Complications are very rare.