Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
Early Extraction Protects Oral Health
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. They often appear between the ages of 17 and 21, although some people never develop wisdom teeth at all. Dentists also call these teeth third molars and recommend that they are removed before they cause oral health issues. The wisdom teeth removal surgery is typically smoother for younger patients because this set of molars has not fully developed. Patients of younger ages also have faster recoveries and return to their normal routines more quickly.
However, you can have wisdom teeth extracted at any age. As third molars fully develop, they become large teeth that become more embedded into the jaw bone. The roots of these teeth are very large and unpredictable, posing a risk to other roots and facial nerves. Often the cause for extraction later in life is due to fully formed third molars becoming infected or impacted.
Regularly scheduled dental checkups with your general dentist will help determine the right time for your wisdom teeth to be extracted. When your dentist recommends you to an oral surgeon for wisdom tooth removal, contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery to schedule your consultation.
Wisdom Teeth Symptoms
Not everyone experiences symptoms associated with wisdom teeth. As wisdom teeth grow, some patients feel pressure in the back of the mouth or notice swelling. Impacted wisdom teeth are the ones most likely to cause discomfort. The most common signs and symptoms of wisdom teeth include:
- Seeing the top of the tooth poking up through the gums
- Ongoing bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Jaw ache
- Pain or pressure in the back of the mouth
- Swelling around the jaws or neck
- Tender or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Difficulty opening the mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery for an evaluation. We have offices in Charlotte and many offices across the Carolinas to serve more patients. With advanced 3D imaging technology to detect the precise position of your teeth and a variety of anesthesia options available. Our oral surgery experts ensure that your procedure is safe, comfortable, and aims to benefit your health.
Wisdom Teeth Infections
If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause many oral health problems that negatively impact overall health. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that is trapped beneath the gum tissue. Impacted teeth grow at an angle toward neighboring teeth. They can damage other teeth or push them out of alignment.
A partially erupted tooth is difficult to properly clean around. Trapped food and debris can build up, leading to infection. If not treated promptly, the infection can spread to nearby teeth and gums, causing tooth decay or gum disease. Cysts and tumors can develop around an infected tooth, which can be painful.
To avoid the possibility of an impacted wisdom tooth becoming infected, we recommend to simply have it extracted. Without wisdom teeth, your oral health is protected from the many conditions they can cause.
Should I Go With a Dentist or Oral Surgeon for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?
Dentists do not receive the same training as oral surgeons. After earning a dental degree, a general dentist can begin practicing with a limited scope of treatments. Some perform simple tooth extractions and administer local anesthesia for certain procedures. When a patient requires more complex surgical treatment or anesthesia, such as to remove wisdom teeth, dentists refer to oral surgeons.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete a residency program following dental school. During these extra 4–6 years of training, they participate in surgeries in a hospital setting and learn to administer all forms of anesthesia. Dental implants and wisdom teeth removal are some of the most common procedures performed by an oral surgeon, and they undergo extensive training to perform these surgeries in the safest way possible.
We Are Here for You
Learn about wisdom teeth removal, schedule an appointment, and more. Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has three locations: in Central Charlotte near Myers Park, in South Charlotte near the Ballantyne/Blakeney area, and in North Charlotte near the University of North Carolina. Contact us today.