Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that erupt in the back of the mouth when a person is entering their early twenties. For some, these teeth may appear during their teenage years. Others may never have them erupt at all. However, for most of the population, these teeth more often than not cause problems. Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Austin TX is one of the most common dental procedures. If your dentist feels you need to have these teeth extracted, there may be a few reasons why.
Although these teeth may appear to have enough space in the back of the mouth, most of the time they won’t fit comfortably. In order for them to fully erupt, the wisdom teeth may begin to push on surrounding teeth, causing them to shift. The teeth may move out of alignment. Crowding may become an issue. For people who have had orthodontic treatment, the teeth may no longer appear straight. Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Austin TX is recommended to prevent this. In fact, many orthodontists have their teenage patients surgically remove the teeth before beginning braces treatments.
Wisdom teeth are notorious for not erupting correctly. Sometimes, the teeth come in sideways or at an angle. When this happens, these teeth will not be able to erupt all the way. Dentists label these teeth as being impacted. Patients with impacted wisdom teeth may experience a lot of pain as the teeth attempt to move. They are also more prone to becoming infected. Having the teeth removed by a dentist is the only way to correct impacted teeth.
Even those lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth fully erupt may not be out of the woods yet. Since the teeth are located so far in the back of the mouth, they are harder to reach with a toothbrush. This increases the likelihood of the teeth becoming decayed. If the decay becomes severe, it can lead to infection of the nerve, resulting in either a root canal or extraction. Pulling the teeth early prevents problems down the road.
Although most people will grow wisdom teeth, the majority will need to have them removed. Visit Stevan A Koprivnik DDS PC Austin TX, to see if wisdom tooth extraction is the right choice for you. There is no reason anyone needs to keep these problematic teeth.