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Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt and are usually the biggest set of teeth in the mouth. This means there is often not enough room left in the dental arch for them to grow in properly. The insufficient space can cause wisdom teeth to become impacted and unable to break through the gum tissues and jawbone. Impaction can also cause them to erupt at an incorrect angle.
When the wisdom teeth erupt incorrectly, it can cause damage to healthy structures in the mouth, like the surrounding teeth and jaw. The positioning of the wisdom teeth can also make them difficult to reach with normal dental hygiene practices, increasing your likelihood of developing dental decay.
Should the Wisdom Teeth Always Be Removed?
Although the wisdom teeth often get a bad reputation, there is nothing particularly bad about them. If they grow in properly, there is nothing wrong with keeping them. Nearly 85% of adults require wisdom teeth extraction, but that does not necessarily mean that you will need one. In order to determine if you need this treatment, a dentist needs to assess your smile.
Common problems with wisdom teeth include:
- Impaction: When the wisdom teeth cannot break through the gums, it can cause problems in your mouth. The new tooth may grow in facing healthy teeth, which could cause damage to the healthy teeth. It may also cause discomfort in your mouth.
- Overcrowding: If your mouth does not have enough space for the wisdom teeth, your teeth can become overcrowded, causing the teeth to twist, move or create an uneven bite.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Depending on the position of your teeth and how many wisdom teeth are being removed, the procedure can vary. Regardless of your specific treatment needs, the process will follow these steps:
- Preparation: If you have an infection in your mouth, it will need to be cleared up before extraction. Our team may recommend that you take antibiotics to clear up the infection before getting the procedure.
- Anesthesia: Removing the wisdom teeth requires local anesthesia and sometimes requires general anesthesia. The form of anesthesia that is used may depend greatly on your personal situation.
- Surgery: The doctor will cut through the gum tissue that is over the tooth and will take out any bone or connective tissues over the tooth. If your tooth is large or caught in the bone and tissue, the doctor may safely break the tooth into smaller pieces to make removal easier.
- Stitches: After the extraction is complete, we will need to place one or two stitches to close the gums so they can heal properly. The gum tissue will be stitched over the hole where the tooth was. With time, the jawbone will grow back, and new soft tissue will fill the extraction site.
- Recovery: Recovery usually takes two to three days. After the procedure, your mouth will be a bit sore. As such, you should eat a soft and liquid food diet. After the period of healing, you can resume your daily activities.
We can help you avoid these serious, uncomfortable complications with wisdom teeth removal in Herndon, Virginia. So, if your wisdom teeth are causing you discomfort and you want to know whether you may need them removed, please call and make a consultation with our dentists. We begin your treatment by assessing your oral health, usually with digital imaging technology, so we can see the exact placement of your third molars. We will also go over our surgical procedures and explain how we work to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. Call 703-689-3900 to learn more!