Tooth extractions can seem scary but when it comes to third molars, it can greatly benefit your oral health. Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems. In this blog post, your experts at Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, discuss the reasons why wisdom teeth often need to be removed and how to determine if yours should be extracted.
Understanding Wisdom Teeth
Ever wonder why we get these troublesome molars in the first place? Well, they are believed to be remnants of our ancestors’ need to chew tough, coarse foods. However, due to evolution and changes in jaw size, these teeth often don’t have enough space to fully erupt. As a result, they can become impacted or grow at an angle, causing a range of dental problems.
Determining the Need for Extraction
While not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, several signs indicate that extraction may be necessary. Here are some factors to consider:
- If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or discomfort in the back of your mouth, it could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are causing problems. Consult with your dentist or oral surgeon to evaluate the situation thoroughly.
- Wisdom teeth often push against the existing teeth, causing misalignment or crowding. If you notice any changes in the alignment of your teeth or if your orthodontist recommends extraction to preserve treatment results, it may be necessary to remove your wisdom teeth.
- Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create pockets where bacteria can accumulate, leading to infections or gum disease. If you frequently experience gum swelling, redness, or recurring infections around your wisdom teeth, extraction might be advised.
- In some cases, wisdom teeth can develop cysts or tumors. These growths can cause significant damage to the surrounding teeth and jawbone. Regular dental check-ups and X-rays can help identify any potential issues.
The Extraction Procedure
We will consider several factors, including your dental history, X-rays, and a thorough examination, to make an informed decision on if extractions are best for you. If it is determined that your wisdom teeth need to be removed, the extraction procedure can vary depending on the complexity of your case. It can range from a simple extraction for fully erupted teeth to a surgical extraction for impacted or partially erupted ones. We offer various levels of sedation for your comfort and will provide detailed instructions about pre and post-operative care to ensure a smooth recovery.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
While not everyone’s wisdom teeth require removal, it is important to be vigilant about any signs or symptoms that may indicate the need for extraction. Regular dental check-ups, X-rays, and consultations with your dentist or oral surgeon will help in determining the best course of action. By addressing potential issues with wisdom teeth, you can maintain your oral health and prevent any complications that may arise in the future. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today at Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS at (913)381-2600!