Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Have you ever wondered why your third molars are called wisdom teeth? They are called that because they erupt at a later age, when you are 17-25 years old, and you should be someone who has acquired wisdom by then.
They erupt last and are located at the back part of the mouth.
Not everyone has wisdom teeth. Your bite and other teeth functions work fine with or without them..
But a wisdom tooth can signify more than wisdom. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth can bring about dental problems. When this happens a wisdom tooth extraction is recommended. At True Dental Care Preston, wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure.
Read on to learn more.
Common Reasons For Wisdom Tooth Extraction
This is the most common reason for an extraction. Sometimes, there isn’t enough space in the mouth for the wisdom tooth to properly erupt. When this happens, the erupting wisdom tooth pushes the neighboring teeth, which results in swelling and pain.
Impaction has four types, namely:
- Horizontal – the impacted wisdom tooth grows at a 90 degree-angle, and approaches the roots of the second molars.
- Vertical – third molars can’t break through the gum line.
- Mesioangular – most common form of impaction (44% of all cases). The impacted wisdom tooth has developed at an angle which pushes the rest of the teeth forward.
- Distoangular –the tooth is angled backwards.
Gum tissue or flaps may cover the erupted wisdom tooth. This is not painful nor does it swell, but the flaps can trap food debris resulting in decay and abscess.
The erupted wisdom tooth can also cause cysts around it. Disregarded, the cyst can create a hole in the jawbone and damage the nerves.
Wisdom teeth can cause crowding, hence destroying teeth alignment and previous orthodontic work.
Problems Caused By A Problematic Wisdom Tooth
If unremoved, a problematic wisdom tooth can lead to the following dental problems:
- Tooth decay
- Dental abscess
- Swelling or sore gums
- Intense tooth pain
- Difficulty opening the mouth
Safe Wisdom Tooth Extraction At True Dental Care Preston
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure undergone by many people. If you think you have any of the abovementioned wisdom tooth problems, call and let your True Dental Care Preston dentist conduct an evaluation.
Time is of the essence in this case. Do not disregard your problematic wisdom tooth, otherwise it can lead to more serious dental issues. At True Dental Care Preston, we look after your best interests.