Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always need to be removed, but they can cause problems if they are not growing in properly. We provide advanced state-of-the-art oral surgery and wisdom teeth removal. If you’re struggling with your wisdom teeth, please call us for a free consultation.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Pinson, AL
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars. They come in anywhere between the ages of 15 to 25 and are known to cause issues with many patients’ oral health. We can visually examine your wisdom teeth (if they have already erupted) or use X-ray imaging to assess if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Having your wisdom teeth extracted may seem like a rite of passage, but that’s not always the case. Depending on the shape of your mouth, the size of your teeth, and the position of your third molars, it may not be necessary for you. Whether or not a wisdom teeth removal procedure is necessary is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Proactive wisdom tooth removal can help to reduce the risk of problems like:
- Crowded teeth
- TMJ problems
- Irregular tooth wear
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Damage to adjacent teeth
Due to their position in the bone and against adjacent teeth, wisdom teeth can harm the healthy teeth next to them. Additionally, third molars are quite difficult to keep clean. So even if you have generally good oral hygiene, it’s possible that your wisdom teeth may develop an infection. Instead of treating them with gum infection therapy or a filling, it’s typically the standard of care to have the teeth removed for proactive purposes.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need removed?
While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed. These signs include:
- Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which can result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
- Changing bite alignment—wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, and this can cause a change in your bite alignment.
- Crowding or damage to existing teeth caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
- Emerging only partially—if your wisdom teeth are only partially emerged through the gums it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age, before the roots and bone are fully formed and when recovery is faster.
We also encourage patients who may age out of their parents insurance plans to get their wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later if they are unsure of when they would be covered again in the future.
How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?
Wisdom teeth generally come in between ages 17 and 25. As they grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gumline, they may become inflamed or bleed. These occurrences could cause headaches or tooth pain. Below are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:
- Rinse with salt water
- Use peppermint essential oils or clover oil to soothe the pain
- Take aspirin or an over-the-counter pain reliever
- Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
An impacted wisdom teeth is a wisdom tooth that is unable to erupt normally due to a lack of space. Depending on where the teeth are located within the jaw, there are different degrees of impacted wisdom teeth. When the tooth’s crown has broken through the bone but is still partially covered by the gum, this condition is known as soft tissue impaction. Partially bony impaction is the medical term for when a tooth has partially erupted but some of it is still embedded in the jawbone. When the tooth is completely encased by jawbone, it is called complete bony impaction.
Questions About Wisdom Teeth Removal?
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