What is a wisdom tooth?
In your late teens or early 20’s, you will grow your third and final set of molars. In some cases, it is no big deal, and they line up with your teeth perfectly. In fact, some people do not even have them! This is often due to genetics. In most cases, though, they can lead to massive amounts of damage and must be removed. These teeth essentially take up space and exert pressure on other teeth, but do not do you any good.
What problems do they cause?
For people who find themselves struggling with wisdom tooth problems, they can come in many different forms. Wisdom teeth can grow in straight and without issue. That is extremely uncommon though. In more cases, your wisdom teeth often come in at an angle, and this can do much damage. For starters, it is difficult to keep a tooth clean that has only partially erupted. Food gets trapped around the tooth and can cause painful decay and infection. This can spread to other teeth as well, and quickly at that.
Wisdom teeth can also disrupt the order of your teeth. If your teeth were straight, to begin with, you might find them growing crooked or crowded as your wisdom teeth exert pressure on their adjacent teeth. This causes them to shift out of alignment and can reverse some orthodontic procedures previously endured, such as braces. Wisdom teeth also, since they come in at an angle, can become impacted. This means that they get trapped within the bone and tissue in the back of your mouth and are not able to totally break free of your gums like the rest of your teeth. This can cause pain when eating or speaking, as well as infection. This also makes it more difficult to remove the teeth, so it is often best to get them taken care of before they begin to cause problems.
Drs. Scheetz & Rekos: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Ohio are leaders in the field and can take care of any potential wisdom tooth issue. Extraction becomes more difficult as our patient's age, but with as much experience as we have, you are in the best possible hands no matter your age! We want you to be as comfortable as possible when you come into our offices, so be sure to ask any questions you have about your incoming teeth or upcoming extraction.
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