Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Spokane Valley, WA
Some people never get wisdom teeth. Those that do, typically begin to see them come in around 17 years old. In some cases, the teeth come in perfectly fine and do not cause any problems, developing properly without affecting tooth alignment. Unfortunately, those cases are not common. In most cases, the teeth can become impacted or disrupt the alignment of the other teeth in the mouth. For those patients, we are ready to help extract the wisdom teeth. Contact us at Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry for more information.
Why Wisdom Teeth?
The last permanent or adult teeth a patient gets, the wisdom teeth come in during the late teen years. Our professional staff always track their developmental progress during routine dental exams and dental cleanings ensuring they do not interfere with the rest of the patient’s teeth. Though you would not know it by the number of wisdom teeth extractions, the wisdom teeth are supposed to develop naturally as other adult teeth do. In many patients, there is simply not enough room to accept the additional wisdom teeth without serious complications to the other teeth. The other permanent teeth get used to their existing positions because they develop much earlier than wisdom teeth do. They resist being moved when the wisdom teeth begin to crown. A wisdom tooth can become impacted when it begins to break through the gums. Because there is limited room in the mouth, many times only a small section of the impacted tooth will show if it shows at all. When this occurs, they need to be removed before they damage other healthy teeth. As always, we will track the development of the patient’s wisdom teeth and make treatment suggestions as warranted.
Why Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
With impacted wisdom teeth, it is very important to extract them as early as possible to avoid more serious complications. The longer it remains in place, the more complicated tooth extraction can become. It may angle toward the back of the second molar. It may go the other way and damage the actual jawbone. If it grows toward the back of the mouth, patients will likely experience severe pain. While we described two variations of how wisdom teeth might break through the gum line there are dozens of possibilities and none of them good. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can come into the mouth perpendicular to the other teeth. On x-rays, when teeth come in this way, they will almost look as if they are coming upside down in the actual jawbone. This is also very painful. Or, the wisdom tooth may grow straight up or down like the rest of the teeth, while being trapped inside the jawbone. In some cases, the wisdom teeth can grow through the roof of the patient’s mouth because they are not in proper alignment. The extraction process for wisdom teeth is common for patients experiencing issues with their wisdom teeth. It is often seen as the absolute best treatment protocol possible. We offer sedation for kids during their wisdom tooth removal procedure.
If you or your child are dealing with wisdom teeth problems come see us at Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry to see if your tooth pain is caused by impacted wisdom teeth. Call us today at (509) 928-4746 for information and available appointments.