By Lanier Periodontics
January 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Be Wise: Extract Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Do you remember when your primary teeth fell out almost as quickly as they erupted? Typically by the age of 13, you’ve had your fair share of tooth fairy visits. When you hit your late teens, most of your permanent teeth have erupted. You may think it’s over, but from your late teens to young adulthood, your third set of molars, also known as wisdom teeth, will start to come in. Extractions
You had teeth erupt before—what’s the big deal? Some people aren’t affected by the eruption of wisdom teeth, but many patients need to have wisdom teeth extracted. It’s unwise to leave misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth untreated. If you don’t have enough room in your jaw for extra teeth, the third molars can cause your teeth to shift. More importantly, impacted wisdom teeth need to be taken care of sooner, rather than later.

Negative Impact of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the third molars don’t have enough room to erupt or grow. This means it is enclosed within the gum tissue or jawbone, or the impacted molars partially erupt through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth that haven’t erupted can cause discomfort but nothing too disconcerting. However, most dentists recommend removing impacted wisdom teeth to prevent future dental problems.
If it’s a case of partially erupted wisdom teeth, an extraction should be in order. It is hard to properly clean the back molars, which is why partially erupted third molars are more susceptible to cavities. Bacteria can also easily access the opening around the tooth, possibly causing an infection. Plus, you may even increase your chances of gum disease.
Be wise—let your periodontist in Gainesville discuss an extraction procedure. It’s important to go over your options and map out a plan. To schedule an appointment with your Gainesville periodontist, call (770) 536-0201. Or patients can submit an online appointment form. If you have further questions regarding extractions in Gainesville, leave a comment below!