Wisdom teeth removal is an important decision to make in consultation with Dr. Carimi. With wisdom teeth come possible serious complications, so it’s important to decide early whether you should have them surgically removed or risk keeping them.
Usually developed between the ages of 17 and 25, wisdom teeth are the third molars and last teeth to appear in your mouth. While they can add extra function when they grow in properly, this isn’t always the case. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), 90% of people develop what is called an “impacted” wisdom tooth. This can cause major pain and damage, so it’s important you don’t ignore your wisdom teeth.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
A trip to the dentist is the best way to determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed. With x-rays and a consultation, your dentist can tell you if you have a possibility of impaction. If you do, corrective action can be taken to avoid any damage or negative side effects.
Here are some added benefits to modern-day wisdom teeth removal:
- Comfortable because of sedation (via an IV or pills)
- Quick, efficient procedure
- Short recovery time
- Often covered by insurance
Everyone’s mouth is unique, so it’s important to meet with Dr. Carimi to make sure you don’t have any risks for problematic wisdom teeth. Schedule an appointment today!
Potential Wisdom Teeth Problems
Just because you don’t have any pain doesn’t mean there aren’t problems developing with your wisdom teeth below the surface. An impacted tooth can start infecting or affecting other teeth well before you realize it, leading to more pain and problems later on. Here are some other potential wisdom teeth problems:
- Cysts or tumors
- Cavities that can’t be restored
- Infections or gum disease
- Bacteria transmitted to your bloodstream and other organs
Fortunately, these potential problems can be identified early through dental check-ups, cleanings and X-rays. Then you can decide if surgery is the best solution.
Wisdom Teeth Solutions
So what happens if you’ve developed an impacted wisdom tooth? Your dentist will likely recommend surgery. Most of the time, this is actually painless, as there are multiple forms of sedatives available. Your dentist will also give you advice on what to do after the procedure to eliminate pain or infection. But by removing your wisdom teeth, you’ll remove the potential for problems listed above.
Wisdom Teeth Technology
At Clements Ferry Dentistry, we utilize a variety of technologies for wisdom teeth removal — one of which is Advanced Platelet-Rich Fibrin (A-PRF), which is helpful for many periodontal and oral surgery procedures. To learn more about A-PRF, click here.
If you think it might be time to take care of your wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with us today!