Consider Wisdom Teeth Extraction to Prevent Future Problems

Consider Wisdom Teeth Extraction to Prevent Future Problems from Smile at Coconut Grove in Coconut Grove, FLWisdom teeth extraction involves removing one or more of the teeth of the third set of molars. This can be performed before the tooth erupts, after the tooth has grown in, or if the tooth becomes impacted, i.e., it has only partially erupted from the gums. Extraction may be recommended for a variety of reasons.

Dental problems extraction can prevent

If the wisdom teeth are currently causing problems in the mouth, extraction is necessary. However, a dentist may recommend preventive wisdom teeth extraction when the patient is asymptomatic. Third molars that are not causing problems now may have the potential to do so in the future. Extracting the teeth pre-emptively can help prevent issues such as the following from ever developing.

Tooth decay

The wisdom teeth are located in the very back of the mouth where it is difficult to reach with a toothbrush and floss. Therefore, keeping them clean can be difficult. If these teeth are not cleaned properly, cavities and decay may develop. The risk is still greater if the teeth are only partially erupted, because cleaning becomes even more difficult.

Infection

When a tooth is decayed, it provides a route by which bacteria may reach the inner layers. Once there, the bacteria can cause an infection of the tooth or the tissues that surround it. For example, when the wisdom tooth only erupts partially, it can develop an operculum, which is soft tissue growth over the top of it. The operculum is vulnerable to bacteria getting trapped underneath it, resulting in an infection called pericoronitis.

Once there is an infection of the wisdom tooth or surrounding tissues, it can spread throughout the mouth. It can even extend beyond the mouth to affect other parts of the body if the bacteria get into the bloodstream.

Crowding

Crowding occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth for new teeth to emerge, so the new tooth tries to push the existing teeth out of the way. This can affect the alignment of the existing teeth, causing them to become crooked and potentially affecting the bite. This may require orthodontics to correct or interfere with a course of orthodontics that is already in progress. The pressure from the new tooth can also cause damage to the others.

Cysts or tumors

An impacted wisdom tooth can form a cyst, which is a sac within the jawbone that fills with fluid. It can also develop a tumor. It is rare for these tumors to be cancerous, but both benign tumors and cysts of the wisdom tooth can damage the teeth, nerves, and even the jawbone itself. If a cyst or tumor develops, it may be necessary to remove bone and other tissue to resolve the issue.

Pain

Pain from an impacted wisdom tooth can be excruciating. It may be better to have the wisdom teeth extraction performed when the patient is not experiencing any symptoms than to wait until there is serious discomfort.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Coconut Grove, FL

Conclusion

There is the potential for wisdom teeth that are asymptomatic now to cause issues in the future. It can be possible to avoid those issues altogether with preventive extraction.

Request an appointment or call Smile at Coconut Grove at 305-423-4661 for an appointment in our Coconut Grove office.

Related Posts

Risks Of Wisdom Teeth And Gum Disease

If you have wisdom teeth coming in, it may be a good idea to talk to your dentist. Removing these teeth might be the right option so that you can avoid pain and discomfort. There often is not enough space for these teeth to grow in properly. This creates a host of concerns and health…

Impacted Wisdom Teeth And Infection

Your third molars are your wisdom teeth. These teeth appear between 14 and 30 years old. Your mouth is not big enough to have two third molars on the upper jaw and another two on the lower jaw. This results in third molars growing in incorrect positions. Infection is a common outcome of wisdom teeth.…

Wisdom Teeth Extraction To Prevent Damage To Other Teeth

When you think about wisdom teeth extraction, it might sound like a scary experience. The process can be invasive and require some recovery time. Still, removing wisdom teeth is often the right decision. This procedure can prevent pain and discomfort as well as a variety of oral health problems. If wisdom teeth erupt, they can…

Related Posts

Risks Of Wisdom Teeth And Gum Disease

Risks Of Wisdom Teeth And Gum Disease

If you have wisdom teeth coming in, it may be a good idea to talk to your dentist. Removing these teeth might be the right option so that you can avoid pain and discomfort. There often is not enough space for these teeth to grow in properly. This creates a host of concerns and health…

Can Dental Bonding Fall Out Of A Tooth?

Can Dental Bonding Fall Out Of A Tooth?

When there is an aesthetic issue with one of your teeth, dental bonding may be an effective treatment option. Common problems addressed by bonding include broken teeth, severely discolored teeth, or teeth that are slightly off in shape or size. Since they are not as durable as other restorative treatments, bonding is usually used for…