Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Your wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the last of all of your pearly whites to erupt from your mouth. Generally, they come in sometime between the ages of 17 and 25, but this can vary depending on the individual. Even though they are a natural part of your body, wisdom tooth removal is a very common procedure that many people undergo in their lifetime. This is because the mouth is often too crowded in order for these molars to come un properly. This can lead to a few different issues. Continue reading to learn three reasons for wisdom tooth extractions in Washington D.C.
When someone has impacted wisdom teeth, they could develop an infection known as pericoronitis. This is the most frequent clinical problem that dentists see in relation to wisdom teeth. When there isn’t enough room for a tooth to completely erupt, the gum tissue can become irritated and infected. Ultimately, it will cause pain, swelling, and issues with chewing and swallowing.
Non-infectious diseases can also occur due to an impacted wisdom tooth. They are known as cysts. These are fluid-filled balloons that develop inside the jawbone as a result of impacted teeth. They slowly expand over time and can destroy the adjacent jawbone and nearby teeth. While they are rare, tumors can also be associated with this. The best way to avoid this is by removing wisdom teeth early on, preferably during the teenage years.
Damage to Adjacent Teeth
A problem that many people encounter when their wisdom teeth come in is that they are so far back in the mouth, they have a hard time getting toothbrush and floss back far enough to clean the area. When plaque and tartar is left behind, it can result in periodontal disease, and tooth decay. This includes the surrounding teeth as well. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to irreversible problems, like gum recession, loose teeth, tooth loss, and bone shrinkage. By having wisdom teeth removed early, you can reduce your risk of these oral health issues.
75% of the population is affected by impacted wisdom teeth, so it is definitely something to keep an eye on. By seeing your dentist for regular checkups and following their advice, you can discover if you are one of the many people who could benefit from wisdom tooth removal.
About the Author
Dr. Yelena Obholz earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University College of Dentistry before doing advanced work in periodontics, oral surgery, and prosthodontics during her residence at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She is committed to taking many hours of continuing education classes each year in order to keep her knowledge and skills sharp. Currently, she is enrolled in the prestigious Las Vegas Institute. If you think you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, she would be happy to help. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call (202) 364-8209.