We all know how painful wisdom teeth can become for some people when the molars are coming out. The last four teeth or molars in your mouth are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth and are the last teeth to develop, that’s why they come out between the ages of 17 to 25. When your wisdom teeth are erupting to the surface, there can be certain discomfort and even pain as these teeth need space to grow both at the top and bottom at the end of your mouth.
If you have discomfort or pain due to problems with your wisdom teeth, call our offices here at LifeSmiles Dentistry to get an appointment and have our dentists evaluate your case. In the case that you need your wisdom teeth removed, our dentists will provide you with all the information you need as well as the best treatment plan for you.
When should wisdom teeth be removed?
- If pain and swelling are present
- If the molars are causing the misalignment or crowding of surrounding teeth
- If there is an infection
- If the tooth is decayed
- If there is soft tissue (gum) disease
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure that can be used to prevent future dental issues such as misalignment or overcrowding of teeth or to relieve the pain from an infection or in case the molar came out abnormally (impaction). If you are experiencing any of the previous symptoms it is recommended that you seek treatment as soon as possible not only to alleviate the pain and discomfort but also to prevent greater damage to your teeth if the problem is left untreated. Our dentists here at LifeSmiles Dentistry check the development of your molars during regular dental check-ups to ensure that there are no issues. In the case further information your dentist will order a dental X-ray to detect any issues and take preventative measures if needed.
If your wisdom teeth have an irregular development they could become impacted as they grow out into your mouth. Impaction occurs when the molar gets stuck at some point during its development either on the soft tissue (gums) or in the jaw bone.
What are the different types of molar impaction?
- Soft tissue impaction – happens when the molar is partially or completely covered by the soft tissue (gums) instead of surrounding the base of the tooth.
- Partial bony impaction – happens when the molar is partially below the gum and in the jawbone.
- Complete bony impaction – happens when the molar is completely stuck in the jawbone.
In these cases, your dentist will have to open the gum line and expose the molar and extract it. Sometimes, the molar needs to be fractured into smaller pieces so it can be removed successfully. If left untreated, these molar impactions can cause infections that lead to tooth loss and other issues that can compromise your dental health.
Once the procedure is completed, your dentist will talk you through post-treatment instructions to ensure the incision heals properly and practice good oral hygiene to maintain it free of infection. Medication can also be prescribed to help with any discomfort or pain you might experience after the procedure.
If you or your loved ones are having discomfort or pain from wisdom teeth, talk to our dentists or staff to discuss what treatment option is best for you. Call LifeSmiles Dentistry for the best options in wisdom teeth removal so we can make you feel comfortable and give you the best treatment possible.
At LifeSmiles Dentistry, your oral health and beautiful smile is our main priority. We strive to provide the best dental care possible in a relaxed and friendly environment to the people of Lafayette, Indiana. Call us today for an appointment or to ask about our services.