What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars, the last set of teeth to develop, that often cause problems in adulthood. There are four of them: two uppers and two lowers. They may be removed either when they are impacted (stuck under the gumline) or unimpacted (erupted above the gumline). Although it is often recommended that wisdom teeth are removed while they are still unimpacted, too many people wait until they’re impacted and have begun to do damage.
Wisdom tooth problems
In many cases, wisdom teeth disrupt the bite during development. Sometimes the jaw is not large enough to allow them to come in properly, and they become impacted – poor spacing is often a cause of oral surgery. In other instances, one or more of the four wisdom teeth push against neighboring teeth and start moving them out of alignment.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth can include mouth pain, gum swelling, gum tissue infection, and cysts. It is important to have your wisdom teeth examined if you experience any of these symptoms, as ignoring wisdom tooth disruption can result in permanent damage.
Like wisdom teeth, other back teeth like cuspids and bicuspids can also become impacted and negatively affect your entire dental health.
Through surgical removal of impacted or unimpacted wisdom teeth, many problems can be avoided. Cosmetic dentistry can be applied to repair any spacing or tooth damage problems.
Wisdom teeth usually emerge from the gum (erupt) between the ages of 17 and 24, although each individual case will vary. While some patients will never develop wisdom teeth, others may see all four develop. If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth evaluated yet, please schedule a personal consultation.
Oral surgery for other reasons
- Dental implant surgery for tooth loss
- Facial injury repair to fix fractured jaws and facial bone damage
- Biopsy and removal of abnormal facial growths/lesions
- Repair of cleft lip and palate
- To control facial infections
- To combat snoring/sleep apnea issues
- Denture surgery to improve fit
- To restore bite due to unequal jaw growth
- To restore a well-aligned bite after TMJ/TMD diagnosis
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Our team helps people in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy, and Oakland, Macomb and Shelby Townships overcome serious dental health issues. Learn more about our oral surgery experience during a personal endodontic consultation. Call (248) 656-2020 or email Rochester Advanced Dentistry today.