A number of procedures may require oral surgery. These surgical procedures could include, but are not limited to, wisdom tooth extractions; incision and drainage of diseased areas; recognition, biopsy, and diagnosis of aberrant oral tissue; implant placement; bone re-contouring; and bone augmentation. For our patients’ convenience, wisdom tooth removal, including I.V. sedation, can be performed in our office. We also are very happy to refer to the wonderful oral surgeons who help support our practice.
Impacted wisdom teeth (third molars) effect up to 72% of the population. It generally is caused by a discrepancy between the size of the teeth and jaw.
Why Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
Poor alignment and impaction are the two main reasons wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary. When the final set of molars erupts (grows in) at an angle, it sometimes pushes on nearby straight teeth, altering their alignment. This is painful and can cause damage to neighboring teeth, as well as injure nerves and the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth result from either the last set of molars developing but failing to erupt — instead remaining encased in the jaw’s soft tissue — or from only partially erupting, creating a passageway for bacteria to get into the soft tissue.
What Are Common Complications Associated with Wisdom Teeth?
In an effort to avoid the pain and complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth and tooth misalignment, Parkhaven Dental Care’s dentists Drs. Pincus, Dr. Sayek, and Dr. Dad’s approach to your family’s ongoing dental healthcare plan will include the monitoring and removal of wisdom teeth. Typically, the earlier the need for wisdom teeth removal is identified, the better; early removal can prevent damage to neighboring healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.
Screening for wisdom tooth impaction typically begins in late adolescence and is commonly detected with a panoramic radiograph. Complications of retained wisdom teeth can include: pain, infection, swelling, decay in adjacent teeth, and difficulty in swallowing. To prevent flare-ups, which could cause great inconvenience, it is suggested that wisdom teeth be removed before going to college or traveling long distances. Parents should have their teenagers’ wisdom teeth evaluated to ensure convenience in treatment regarding sporting event schedules, recitals, or other activities.