Upon hearing ‘wisdom teeth’ an exhausted looking person with blown up cheeks come to mind. All that most people know about wisdom teeth are the possible effects that the wisdom tooth extraction may have—chipmunk cheeks, pain, exhaustion. However, not many know beyond the effects, if wisdom teeth should be pulled out. That is where our doctors at 7 Day Dental have experience and knowledge on, and therefore is able to tell you much about what wisdom teeth are.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that usually come in the young adult stage. Although most people need their wisdom teeth extracted, some do not. This is only in the cases where wisdom teeth grow healthy and aligned, therefore not causing any pain or possible infection. In this case, wisdom teeth can definitely be helpful. However, what are the cases that wisdom teeth should be extracted?
• Nonaligned Wisdom Teeth: When nonaligned, they may affect the alignment of other teeth, causing damage to the adjacent teeth, jawbone, or nerves. It can therefore potentially cause pain.
• Impacted Wisdom Teeth: This is when:
1) The teeth are still enclosed inside the soft tissue or jawbone
2) Only part of the tooth erupted through the gum
These are harmful to the mouth as it may provide an opening for bacteria to invade the tooth, causing pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and illness. The partially erupted tooth can then also be exposed to possible tooth decay and gum disease because of its positioning and difficulty of keeping up great dental hygiene. These are especially true for the partially erupted teeth.
These types of wisdom teeth can be determined by the 7 Day Dental dentists, who will take an X-ray to evaluate the presence and alignment of the wisdom teeth. Only then can our dentists evaluate whether or not you need to extract your wisdom teeth.
If you need to extract your wisdom teeth, our oral surgeons will be glad to assist you in the process. They will happily inform you of the entire process of the extraction as well as the possible effects that you must be aware of. They will then, on the desired day, perform the extraction accordingly and perfectly. With their skill and expertise, they will be able to happily assist you and provide you with the results that you need.
If you are in the need of a wisdom tooth extraction, call or visit 7 Day Dental Laguna Woods today to book your appointment!