Common Problems with Wisdom Teeth
‘Wisdom teeth’ is the common, informal name given to the last set of molars that erupt at the ends of your dental ridges. Usually, the four molars bring the total number of teeth in a healthy adult mouth to 32. Unfortunately, many patients may not have sufficient space left for the four molars to grow and erupt properly. Therefore, wisdom teeth are often forced to grow at odd angles that lead to a host of subsequent dental issues, including severe tooth pain and damage, until they are extracted.
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Commonly Extracted
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that cannot erupt straight because it has been impeded by jaw bone structure or a nearby molar. Despite the obstruction, the tooth will continue to grow and develop, though it will be forced to do so at an angle and push against the nearby molar. As time passes, the pain from an impacted wisdom tooth can become severe, as can the threat of continuing pain, and damage to the rest of your teeth.
Because of their tendency to cause problems, wisdom teeth are the most frequently extracted types of teeth, and unlike other types, they do not need to be replaced afterwards. Patients may consider wisdom tooth extraction early to avoid the potential of troublesome issues later.
The Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Removing impacted wisdom teeth may be the only way to alleviate the associated discomfort. However, extraction can benefit your oral health in other ways, as well, including:
- Improving your ability to bite and chew comfortably
- Preventing damage to the surrounding jaw bone and periodontal tissues
- Preventing or stopping damage to your surrounding teeth
- Maintaining proper tooth alignment
To perform surgical wisdom tooth extraction, we offer IV sedation to help you remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. Dr. Quenzar, who is a board-certified anesthesiologist, will carefully administer the sedative and monitor your vitals and responsiveness.