You’ve probably heard of wisdom teeth extraction, but you might wonder why dentists often recommend removing those last four molars.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt in the late teens or early twenties. Because our modern-day diets are easier on our teeth than the diets of centuries past, these extra molars have become unnecessary for chewing and can actually cause significant problems for your other teeth. Many people simply don’t have enough room in their mouths for four additional teeth, or they experience pain and crowding when the teeth fail to break through the gums fully.
The best solution is often wisdom tooth extraction, and we provide comfortable, safe extractions.
Why We Recommend Wisdom Teeth Extraction
If you have already gotten or will be getting your wisdom teeth in, it’s important to call our dental clinic for a wisdom teeth evaluation. We’ll take x-rays and determine whether your wisdom teeth could cause these problems:
Impacted or unerupted wisdom teeth – When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to erupt, it may only partially emerge or never break the surface. If the tooth stays trapped in the jawbone, it can develop a cyst that causes damage and infection to your teeth and bone. A partially erupted wisdom tooth can also attract bacteria, which puts you at risk for infection and gum disease.
Overcrowding – If a wisdom tooth does emerge through the gums, it may erupt at an angle, crowding other teeth and making orthodontics necessary. Overcrowding can also allow bacteria to thrive between crooked or overlapped teeth, putting you at risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease.
If your wisdom teeth grow in correctly and are healthy, keeping them might be fine. But if there’s a chance of future impaction or overcrowding, we may recommend wisdom teeth extraction, even if they aren’t currently causing any symptoms.
If you notice changes in your wisdom teeth or experience new pain, contact our dental clinic right away to arrange a dental exam. Our dentist will explain all your options and help you make the best decision about your overall oral health.
What to Expect with Wisdom Teeth Extraction
If wisdom teeth extraction is the best option for you, your procedure will be outpatient, allowing you to go home the same day. Local anaesthesia will ensure comfort.
After the wisdom teeth extraction, you should expect some soreness and swelling for two to three days. Your dentist will give you special instructions to help you heal.
Your comfort and safety are our top priority, and our team is here to answer all your questions.
Contact us to arrange a wisdom teeth evaluation and exam with our dentist. We look forward to helping you make the best decisions about your oral health and smile.
The Problem of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss is a serious problem that can make it difficult to speak clearly, chew effectively, and feel good about your appearance. Missing teeth can also lead to bone loss in the jaw, causing other teeth to shift. This increases your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease, and it also changes your natural facial shape.
If you’re ready to restore a missing tooth, contact our dental clinic to arrange an appointment. We can restore your tooth using a dental implant and bone grafting if necessary. This process will improve your oral health and increase your long-term quality of life.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
When you want a permanent, natural-looking solution to missing teeth, dental implants are the best treatment available.
A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium post your dentist places in your jawbone. As your tissue heals, it fuses to the dental implant post. This process stimulates new bone growth, which helps maintain your natural face shape and promotes good oral health.
After a few months of healing, you’ll return to our dental clinic so that we can place a dental crown on top of your titanium dental implant post. This restoration completes the tooth replacement and allows it to function normally again.
Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
For a dental implant to be successful, a certain amount of bone must exist in the jaw to completely surround the dental implant. The bone gives the dental implant stability and strength to support the forces of chewing.
In certain situations, either due to genetics or to the gradual bone resorption that occurs when a tooth is missing, you may not have enough bone where your natural tooth used to be. If you do not have enough jawbone in the area, we will not be able to place a dental implant. However, our dentist can add bone to the area in a procedure called bone grafting. A bone graft may allow you to receive the dental implant you need.
What Is the Bone Grafting Process?
When you meet with our dentist about dental implant treatment, we will use imaging diagnostics to determine how much bone you have in your jaw. If you lack enough bone to support a dental implant, we will discuss a bone grafting treatment plan with you.
In the bone grafting procedure, your dentist will add special bone grafting material to your jawbone. If the amount of bone needed is minor, we may be able to place the dental implant in the same procedure. If not, you’ll return to our oral surgery practice in a few months after the area has had time to heal.
The timing of placing the dental implant after the bone grafting is important to avoid bone resorption, and your dentist will arrange your dental implant procedure with that in mind.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Bone Grafting?
While dental implants are fast becoming the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth, some patients may not be good candidates for either dental implants or bone grafting. In these cases, we may recommend a dental bridge or another restorative dental treatment.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for bone grafting or dental implants is to visit our dental practice for a tooth replacement evaluation. Call to arrange a dental appointment today!