With old age comes wisdom, and wisdom teeth. The name comes from the fact that they typically come in between the ages of 17-21. Wisdom teeth are typically at the back of the mouth. One gets two wisdom teeth on the top, and another two at the bottom to complete the full set of 32 teeth as an adult. These are the toughest molars and the widest of teeth that are meant for grinding food. They are the teeth that would be most commonly missing in adult mouths.
Even though wisdom teeth may not appear for some people, they almost always appear for everyone at the same age. The fact that they are more likely to have issues than any other teeth make them one of the frequent reasons you might visit the dentist. The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common dental surgeries. A proper dental exam at DeWire Dental will help you determine the way forward, whether your wisdom teeth need removal, or whether other remedies are more appropriate.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
You are more likely to have issues with your wisdom teeth than any other teeth. Reports indicate that every year, up to 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted in the US alone. A common problem for wisdom teeth is impaction. This is when there is not enough space on the gums for the teeth to then come out as they should. The wisdom teeth grow through the gums during a time when the other 28 teeth would already have been established. There is a high possibility that there might not be enough room in the mouth for these teeth to grow well. Impaction for wisdom teeth does not always mean that the teeth should be problematic, though.
Possible Issues with Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Not all wisdom teeth should be removed even if they are impacted or have not broken out through the gum surface. However, impaction can result in a wide range of issues. Food and bacteria can very easily get trapped around the edge of the wisdom teeth, causing plaque buildup. This can very easily lead to such issues as tooth decay, the possibility of gum issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease, and problems like cellulitis which are bacterial infections of the throat, cheek, or tongue.
What is Pericoronotis?
Pericoronitis happens when the soft tissue that surrounds the tooth is infected because of an accumulation of plaque. There can also be a development of an abscess. This is the collection of pus in the wisdom teeth or the surrounding tissue because of bacterial infections. Finally, although rare, cysts and growths might also develop around the area where the wisdom teeth are developing when they have not cut through the skin. Most of these problems can be treated with proper dental cleaning, antiseptic, and mouthwash, the most effective treatment, especially when there is no change or progress, should be the actual wisdom teeth removal.
Come see our dentist at DeWire Dental to have wisdom teeth removed. Call us at (610) 838-6188 for an appointment.