Wisdom teeth generally develop in a person between the age of 16 and 26 and are referred to as ‘third molars’ by our Ft Collins dentists. About 30% to 37% of the population never develop wisdom teeth. All those who develop wisdom teeth may face some sort of complications. Generally, people develop four of them, one in each of the corner of their mouth. If all the ‘third molars’ develop alongside other teeth, they can prove to be an asset to the mouth. However, in most of the cases, these teeth need to be extracted to avoid various complications.
Impaction of the Wisdom Teeth
Impaction is a term used to discuss teeth that fail to emerge in their expected position. Most of the wisdom teeth fall in this category, mainly because there is insufficient space in the jaw to accommodate them. There are various types of impaction that the Ft Collins dentists at Shore’s often see and all of them come with their own set of problems. Impaction can be either vertical, distal, mesial or horizontal. A Vertical impaction occurs when a tooth grows upright. A distal impaction may occur when a tooth grows at around a forty five degree angle, in the opposite direction of other teeth. A mesial impaction is right opposite to the distal impaction where a tooth grows towards the others. In horizontal impaction, wisdom teeth grow sideways at ninety degrees in the direction of other teeth.
Should You Remove your Wisdom Teeth?
Besides impaction, various other problems can occur if these teeth are left in your mouth. Though removal of wisdom teeth may not be necessary in every case, any of our Ft Collins dentists are the best people to advise you after examining your teeth. Sometimes, infections may occur due to the presence of bacteria, which is impossible to clean because the tooth is only partially erupted though your gums. In some cases, your wisdom teeth may be prone to decay due to their position, which makes them difficult to clean. Any dental plaque on them can turn into decay if left alone. This can be a problem in case of wisdom teeth, as a dental filling may not solve this problem. Some other problems caused by wisdom teeth include damage to neighboring teeth and tumors and cysts in the mouth. Acute and chronic pain is another reason for the removal of wisdom teeth. Many people experience continuous pain when the wisdom teeth begin to erupt, which is the biggest reason why you may need to make an appointment with our Ft Collins dentists in the first place.
Evaluation of Your Wisdom Teeth
Before the removal of your wisdom teeth, and before any recommendations, a dentist will take x-rays to confirm that they will need to be removed to mitigate suffering. With the help of a digital x-ray, our Ft Collins dentists can see the kind of impaction they may be dealing with, and the potential for your wisdom teeth to cause problems with your surrounding teeth later.
Extraction of Wisdom Tooth
If your wisdom teeth have to be removed at the recommendation of our dentists, the surgical extraction process involves the application of general anesthetic before the extraction of the tooth. Once the extraction process is over, you will have to follow some basic follow-up care for preventing any further problems. To control bleeding after the wisdom tooth extraction, you can even chew a teabag or gauze. Swelling, if any, will subside within a few days. Your dentist will remove any stitches (if they are not self-dissolving) during your post operative appointment. Our Ft Collins dentists at Shore’s Family Dentistry will be more than happy to answer all of your wisdom teeth questions when you visit us.
Horizontal Impaction is a severe condition that always requires extraction.
Vertical Impaction. In time, vertically impacted teeth may erupt. However, in many cases the process is painful and can damage and crowd adjacent teeth.
Mesial Impaction is the most common condition requiring extraction.
Distal Impaction. The term “distal” simply means that the wisdom tooth is angled back, towards the rear of the mouth.