In homes, workplaces, schools, and dental offices, wisdom teeth are likely the most talked about teeth in your mouth. That’s because they can cause a great deal of problems for many patients, so dentists must monitor them closely. Placed in the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, don’t erupt until a person is in his late teens or early twenties. In some cases, the teeth will come in perfectly. However, for many patients, the teeth do not fit properly in the mouth and dentists must discuss removal. Dr. Adnan Saleem has been helping his patients in Carrollton, TX, understand why wisdom teeth might need to be extracted and the various ways the procedure can be performed.
Even though wisdom teeth do not provide any additional chewing or speaking benefits, dentists will not recommend extraction unless it is necessary. If the patient has enough room in his or her mouth to accommodate the additional teeth and if they’re not causing pain or oral health care risks, the wisdom teeth can stay. However, many patients will experience one or more of the following potential problems:
If the wisdom tooth has fully erupted, extracting is a simple as pulling the tooth. If it is impacted, it may require oral surgery for removal. In either case, the dentist will ensure the patient is comfortable using local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or a deeper sedation method if necessary.