Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that typically come into a patient's mouth. Sometimes they are problematic and other times they are just fine. The typical age to see the development of these teeth is between 17 and 25 years of age, which is why they have been given the name 'wisdom teeth,' as you receive them during your wiser years. When the teeth come in upright and with no infection or decay, they can often be left alone with careful monitoring. In many cases, however, these teeth become easily infected or are impacted and unable to break through the gums on their own and need to be surgically removed by an OMS in order to preserve the health of the rest of your teeth.
An Annual Exam
The American Dental Association recommends that every young adult within the range of getting their wisdom teeth have them evaluated once a year. This enables the professional to determine if the teeth are coming in appropriately and if any problems are foreseen. If there are impacted teeth, they will be noticed early on and likely removed in an effort to avoid unnecessary damage to the other teeth in your mouth. Even when wisdom teeth come in with no problems, they are often found to be filled with decay simply because they are so far back and hard to reach or see when trying to clean them with regular tooth brushing. Removal of the wisdom teeth is often the best answer.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
It is recommended that wisdom tooth extraction occur early on in your youth in order to have it extracted before the roots have completely formed in your mouth. When a proactive approach is taken for the removal of the wisdom teeth, it can prevent serious problems from occurring to the roots or other teeth in your mouth. If the roots are allowed to fully grow and the tooth is impacted, you could suffer from gum disease and even tumors as a result of the impacted tooth. The extraction is done in the office of the OMS under the appropriate level of anesthesia in order to ensure your comfort. The recovery is easy and the result is a healthy mouth that does not have to worry about the damage that wisdom teeth can cause.
Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth
If you and your dentist and/or OMS decide that it is acceptable for you to keep your wisdom teeth without damaging the other teeth in your mouth, regular cleanings and checkups are essential. This enables you to ensure not only that the teeth are clean and free from decay, but also that there are no development problems beneath the gum line that could be affecting your overall health. From time to time, x-rays will also need to be performed in order to ensure that nothing is going on that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
The only way to know if your wisdom teeth are safe to keep or need to be removed is to see a professional OMS. The knowledge and experience of the OMS will help him determine what is right and/or safe for your mouth. Even if you do not feel any pain, there could be underlying problems with your wisdom teeth that you do not realize. Oftentimes waiting until you have pain is too late. There could be subsequent problems with your mouth, including gum disease and even cysts or tumors. It is not worth the risk of waiting — talk to your OMS today to see if your mouth is at risk for serious issues as a result of your wisdom teeth.
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