Why wisdom tooth extraction might be a good idea

Wisdom teeth, commonly known as third molars, usually come in between the ages of 16 and 25. While many people develop these teeth without issues, there are a number of ways in which wisdom teeth can be problematic.

Partial eruptions, impactions, lack of space, and cleaning issues are all problems that could be your signal that a wisdom teeth remove treatment might be a wise choice.

Partial eruption

Teeth that don’t fully “erupt” from your gums can be painful and cause infection underneath your jaw bone.

Impaction

A wisdom tooth that’s pointing the wrong way, maybe toward the front of your mouth or the rear, either horizontally or vertically often won’t erupt at all.  This is known as an impaction. An impacted tooth may cause pain or damage your other teeth.

Lack of space

Sometimes your jaw is simply not big enough to accommodate these late-blooming teeth.  If that’s the case, your wisdom teeth can force your other teeth to make room for them, causing misalignment.

Cleaning issues

Wisdom teeth sit very far back in your jaw making them harder to keep clean and more susceptible to decay.

How do you know when it’s time?

wisdom tooth extraction lose gatosDuring your regular dental check-ups, Dr. Nehawandian of Top Down Dental in San/Jose Los Gatos will do a thorough examination of your teeth.  If she suspects a problem with your wisdom teeth, she’ll order x-rays to see what’s going on under your gums. On top of seeing what is happening with your wisdom teeth, the x-rays will show other risk factors such as deterioration or decay of nearby teeth. We also make use of the CS 9300 – a revolutionary imaging tool which allows us to provide our patients with more accurate diagnoses, with more comfort and less radiation – to help us determine the precise positioning of your wisdom teeth.

Identifying and treating problems with your wisdom teeth before they become an issue is a good idea. The earlier you seek a wisdom teeth extraction treatment, the easier it will be.

Treat it now and get relief

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, if they are coming in at an odd angle, or if you have pain or swelling in the area around your wisdom teeth, it’s important to seek a wisdom teeth removal treatment now.  Left alone, the problem is likely to get worse. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure.  By seeking treatment with Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos sooner rather than later, you can avoid future pain, infection and discomfort.

An experienced team you can trust

Wisdom teeth removal can be a tricky business.  If your wisdom teeth are severely impacted, it may take surgery to remove them. Pain, swelling and infection are common side-effects.  Dr. Nancy Nehawandian of Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos has the training and expertise to know when you need your wisdom teeth removed.  With her caring commitment and dedication to excellence, she’ll refer you to the best oral surgeon for your needs.

If you need a wisdom tooth extraction, don’t wait. Call our Los Gatos office at 408-354-5600 or contact us online.