Most of the concerns that your smile might face can either develop as a result of inadequate hygiene and bacterial buildup, or an underlying concern that you might not be able to prevent. The problem with wisdom teeth, or third molars, is that the concerns they can cause when they become impacted aren’t exactly preventable. Wisdom tooth impaction can affect anyone who develops a third set of molars, and when it does, surgically extracting the impacted tooth structure could be the only viable solution.
What happens when wisdom teeth develop?
Your third set of molars develop and erupt in the same way as your other healthy, natural teeth. The difference, however, is that they’re the last set of teeth to develop, usually between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. By this time, many people have little room left at the ends of their dental ridges, after their second set of permanent molars have grown in. Because of this, third molars can often become impeded as they try to develop, and as they become impacted, their growth can cause a multitude of problems for the rest of your oral health.
How will you know if yours are a problem?
The impaction of a wisdom tooth can occur in many different ways, and to varying degrees. For some people, the problem may not be obvious until it has become severe, and the discomfort it causes becomes intense. The most effective way to determine early if you have a wisdom tooth problem is to visit your dentist or oral health specialist regularly for routine preventive visits. These often include detailed examinations of your oral structures, during which your dentist can help determine if you show signs of wisdom tooth impaction.
How can you solve the problem and save your oral health?
The only solution for dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth is to extract the impacted tooth structure and stop it from causing more problems. The position of the impacted wisdom tooth can make extracting it a more complex procedure than removing other natural teeth. To successfully remove it and avoid further harm to your oral structures, you may require surgical tooth extraction instead. This involves carefully exposing the tooth within the jawbone structure to remove it fully without harming the surrounding bone structure and/or nearby teeth.
Learn what to do about your wisdom tooth problem
Wisdom teeth can cause severe problems if they become impacted, and extracting them could be necessary to avoiding those concerns. 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.