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Wisdom Teeth

Adults develop a total of 32 teeth. Most of these teeth are in by around the age of 13. The last 4 do not come in until early adulthood, typically between the late teens and early 20s. These teeth are the ones most likely to become impacted. This is a situation in which the teeth cannot erupt properly, or at all, through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious complications. Ashley Bennett and J.J. Perkiomaki DMD PC can help.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

The third molars are more commonly known as the wisdom teeth. This is because of the age at which these teeth erupt. Thousands of years ago, the wisdom teeth played a very important role in the human mouth. They were essential for breaking down the variety of course foods that made up the human diet. Following the invention of cooking, food was softened and easier to chew. Because of this, the wisdom teeth were no longer important. Over time, the size of the human jaw shrank. Even so, the wisdom teeth continue to develop. 

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

For some people, the wisdom teeth erupt just like any other teeth. They erupt normally and never cause any problems. For these individuals, the wisdom teeth may never need to be extracted. However, there are many people who have impacted wisdom teeth. There are many reasons why wisdom teeth become impacted. These reasons include insufficient space in the jaw, blockages in the bone, and wisdom teeth growing at an angle.

When the wisdom teeth are impacted, you may be faced with severe pain in the back of your mouth. You may find it difficult to eat and speak. Your jaw and face may become swollen. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause issues such as cysts, infections, overcrowding, and damage to adjacent teeth. If you notice any symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, it is important that you schedule an appointment right away. With a thorough examination and X-rays, we can diagnose impacted wisdom teeth and provide you with the treatment you need to restore your oral health. 

How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

When your wisdom teeth are impacted, the solution is to extract them. To remove your wisdom teeth, a surgical extraction is needed. This is a procedure that is performed under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided as well. This will help you to feel much more relaxed and comfortable. The procedure begins with small incisions in your gums near the wisdom teeth. This provides access the root of the teeth and the surrounding bone.

Next, the teeth are carefully and completely removed. To remove them, they may need to be sectioned and removed in pieces. A small amount of bone may also need to be removed. Once the wisdom teeth have been extracted, the sockets are cleaned, and the surgical incisions are sutured closed.

A Team Approach: Dentist and An Oral Surgeon Work Together

To provide you with the best care when it comes to extracting your wisdom teeth, we work together with an oral surgeon. We can diagnose the impacted teeth with a thorough oral exam and dental X-rays. The actual procedure is performed by a highly experienced, skilled oral surgeon. With a team approach, we can provide you with the best possible care to ensure a smooth procedure and excellent outcome.

When your wisdom teeth are impacted, the best solution is to remove them. Once removed, these teeth do not need to be replaced. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Ashley Bennett and J.J. Perkiomaki DMD PC at (503) 292-8996 today.

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