WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth in total, with the majority of the population only functionally using 28. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific purpose. The teeth in the front of the mouth are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing. Typically, the wisdom teeth, or the ‘third molars’ are teeth that sit directly behind your last molars in each section of your mouth. In some cases, they are embedded in the jaw or are “stuck” due to limited spacing in the mouth. Luckily, 16 Mile Dental comes equipped with xray technology that can predict wisdom tooth issues before they become painful!
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?
Occasionally when there is enough room for the wisdom teeth to come in the mouth, they can be left untouched. Unfortunately, this does not happen very often. These poorly-positioned teeth can cause discomfort, pain or infection. Not to mention, the pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may cause shifting of other healthy teeth. Early removal is recommended to avoid serious problems in the future and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. Dr. Sama and her experienced team thrive to make wisdom teeth extractions as effortless as possible! Do you or someone you know think you may have a wisdom tooth issue? Call us today for a complimentary consultation!
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist or orthodontist.