Prevent Crowding and Complications with Wisdom Tooth Removal
The third set of molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, are not necessary to the health or function of your bite, and can cause serious complications. For many patients, the upper and lower dental arches can only properly accommodate 28 teeth. In these cases, when the third molars grow in, they can disrupt surrounding teeth, or become impacted, failing to properly erupt. This can cause misalignment issues, bite problems, pain, and discomfort. To maintain our patients' oral health, Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart offer wisdom tooth removal at our Jackson periodontal office. Please contact our office to schedule a wisdom tooth consultation with one of our dentists.
When to Remove Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 16 and 25. For some patients, the third molars erupt through the gums and grow in straight without causing any problems to surrounding teeth. However, for many other patients, the wisdom teeth grow in at an angle that can cause alignment and bite problems, as well as pain and discomfort. In other typical cases, the wisdom teeth do not fully erupt, a condition known as impaction. Impaction can cause the partially erupted molars to harbor excessive amounts of harmful bacteria and result in infection. A severe infection of the surrounding soft tissue can cause a cyst or abscess to form, which can affect the jawbone and surrounding teeth as well. To prevent complications caused by the growth of the wisdom teeth, your doctor may recommend removing your wisdom teeth before they erupt.
Common Wisdom Tooth Complications
Some common wisdom tooth problems include:
- Bony impaction – The wisdom tooth fails to erupt from the jawbone and is not visible in the mouth.
- Soft tissue impaction - The wisdom tooth has surfaced from the jawbone, but has not erupted through the gums.
- Partial eruption - The third molars run into the adjacent tooth before fully erupting through the gum line, which often leads to infection.
- Vertical impaction - The wisdom tooth is coming in straight, but is too close to the adjacent tooth, causing it to become stuck before erupting through the gums.
- Horizontal impaction - This can occur when the wisdom tooth grows in sideways against the next molar, causing pain, discomfort, and alignment issues.
- Mesial impaction - The wisdom teeth erupt at an angle toward the other teeth, causing pain, discomfort, misalignment, and occlusal problems.
- Distal impaction - The wisdom tooth grows at an angle away from the other teeth, causing pain at the site, but not typically damaging other teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
Your oral health is important to us, and we take every measure to ensure that your care is comfortable and effective. At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., we provide wisdom tooth removal services with sedation for the most comfortable experience possible. As with every other treatment we offer, patient safety is our primary concern. Please schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to learn more about how we can help you achieve and maintain excellent periodontal health.