When many people first develop their wisdom teeth (also known as third molars), they may not experience any problems. However, over time, many people can start to develop discomfort in the area around their wisdom teeth, or may notice changes in the integrity and position of their other teeth. For some people, wisdom teeth can become impacted before they become visible, and they may not realize they have wisdom teeth until the symptoms of their impaction become noticeable. Today, we examine how wisdom tooth extraction can help you avoid these problems, or resolve them as soon as possible if they develop.
Ease discomfort of wisdom tooth impaction
When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, it means the molar has become stuck behind the nearby molar and/or within the jawbone structure before it had a chance to fully erupt from your gums. This occurs when there is limited space at the ends of your dental ridges, making it difficult or impossible to accommodate a third set of permanent molars. Despite being impacted, however, the molars will continue to grow, pushing against bone structure and neighboring teeth as it does so. The discomfort this causes can become severe, and may only be alleviated by surgically extracting the molars.
Stop undue pressure on the rest of your teeth
The removal of an impacted wisdom tooth will not only alleviate the discomfort it causes, but also eliminate the threat that it poses to the rest of your oral health. The pressure of a wisdom tooth pushing against nearby teeth can damage the tooth if it isn’t stopped. When this occurs, extracting the impacted wisdom tooth may not be the only part of your treatment plan. To fully restore your smile, you may also need to repair any damage that it may have causes to your other teeth.
Lowering your chances needing additional treatment
The full extent of treatment needed to restore your smile from damages caused by wisdom teeth depends on several factors. One of these is how long it takes you to have the impacted wisdom teeth extracted. As they continue to grow, the pressure will also increase, as will any damage that the molars cause your other teeth and oral structures. To reduce the risks of needing extensive treatment to repair additional oral health damage, we may suggest extracting wisdom teeth before they have a chance to cause any.
Find out if wisdom tooth extraction can help
Wisdom teeth don’t always cause problems, but when they do, extracting them can help save you from significant discomfort and trouble down the road. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.