Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, usually begin to appear during your late-teenage, and early-adult years. There are four of them total, one in each quadrant of the mouth. Some people won’t develop third molars at all but the ones that do usually end up having the get them extracted by our Phoenix family dentist.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
There are several reasons why you may choose, or your dentist may recommend, that you get your wisdom teeth removed.
Reason #1: Wisdom Tooth Pain
When wisdom teeth begin to cut through the gums, they can cause a significant amount of pain. Migraines and earaches aren’t uncommon. If this is a problem you’re dealing with, then you may opt to go ahead and get these teeth removed.
Reason #2: Swelling
Another symptom that takes place when your third molars are trying to cut through is swelling. The swelling may start directly on the gum tissue of the area the tooth will come through, and it can also spread to your cheek, and neck, becoming very visible from the outside of your face.
Reason #3: Gum Disease Around Wisdom Teeth
Third molars often come in partially and crooked, which causes a large pocket in the gum tissue that can collect a lot of food. As a result, a gum infections form, which can lead to jaw bone loss, bad breath, tooth decay, and a dental abscess, just to name a few issues.
Reason #4: Cavities in Wisdom Teeth
With wisdom teeth being so far back in your mouth, it’s hard for your toothbrush to clean these teeth properly. Usually, the lack of good oral hygiene causes cavities to develop, which eventually leads to teeth breaking and abscessing.
Reason #5: Alignment Issues
Not everyone will have room for their wisdom teeth and as a result of them trying to come in, other teeth will get pushed together, causing what may have been a proper alignment of teeth to result in a crooked, crowded smile.
Reason #6: Preventative Measures
You may agree that it’s sometimes best to just prevent all of the above from happening by removing the wisdom at the first sign of them coming through. A special dental x-ray can confirm when the teeth are developed enough to safely be extracted.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Phoenix, Arizona
If you think it’s time to get your wisdom teeth removed, or don’t want to take a chance in having any of the above symptoms, then we’ll arrange to see you for a consultation to determine if your third molars can be extracted.
Depending on their condition, we may advise you to wait a bit longer, not to worry about them at all, or we may recommend an extraction right away. Removing wisdom teeth can often be completed by our family dentist in Phoenix, Arizona but occasionally we’ll need to refer you to an oral surgeon for specialty care.
Whatever you do, don’t wait too long. Give us a call today to get all of the answers you need to your wisdom tooth questions.