Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molar, may be either a blessing or a curse– and it must be removed if it falls under the latter. According to Dr. Priveer Sharma in his contribution to the medical practitioner portal Dear Doctor
As individuals age, the effects of retained and impacted wisdom teeth can be more consequential. Periodontal defects tend to get worse in the presence of retained third molars as you age. So too does the prevalence of caries (tooth decay). And the incidence of postoperative morbidity (ill effects of disease after surgery), including symptoms following third molar removal, is higher in people over age 25.
Residents of Scranton, PA, may be on the fence regarding the importance of dealing with wisdom teeth fast. Some experts claim that extracting it makes no difference as far as oral hygiene goes, but others advocate undergoing it to prevent other dental problems down the line, such as infected gums or impacted adjacent teeth. When you are concerned for a loved one’s dental health compromised by a wisdom tooth, why not let a credible dentist in Scranton, PA like Dr. James DeFinnis, DMD or Dr. Meghan Tsakalos, DDS of Back Mountain Dental help you ease them?
X-ray during your consultation with the dentist will reveal how many wisdom teeth are present and whether they are aligned with the entire tooth set. Sharma notes that the weird angles of current wisdom teeth may be attributed to biological evolution that resulted in modern jaw sizes and even current dental health methods.
A failure to erupt through the gums may see the wisdom tooth’s crown at right angles pushing against the adjacent molar’s root. If part of a wisdom tooth emerges from the gum tissue, Sharma says it can be a precursor of ‘plaque-induced’ periodontal disease.
Extracting the wisdom tooth, even in the context of being precursors for other dental procedures, may be unnerving for the patient, especially if the tooth has achieved full size but not erupted through the gums. If you have more than just your wisdom teeth that need to be removed and you’re a bit fearful of all the work that needs to be completed you can ask a sedation dentist in Dallas PA like Dr. James DeFinnis to temporarily put you to sleep using intravenous sedatives, which will relax your muscles. A nurse anesthetist monitors the level of sedatives used; the best benefit of this is that the patient will have little to no memory of the procedure.
Removing the wisdom tooth may be the only way to avoid a more serious dental crisis. Dentists like Dr. DeFinnis will help you avert the possibility.