Almost everyone knows somebody that has had their wisdom teeth removed. Some may even know somebody that never had wisdom teeth at all. Wisdom teeth are what we call the third, and final molars that can erupt from the jaw into a person’s mouth. Very often these third molars do not develop into teeth that are usable, and for many reasons. In far fewer cases, these third molars can be beneficial to those that don’t experience problems with them. Dr. Goehring discusses some of the best reasons to consider having your wisdom teeth, if you have them that is, removed at Goehring Dental before they can cause any problems for you and your mouth.
Approximately 35% of people are born without “wisdom teeth” or third molars. Whether a result of evolution, genetics, or a combination of the two, these people don’t have to worry about them at all. For the rest of us, wisdom teeth are most commonly problematic and are best extracted before they begin to push into our mouths. Here is a brief list of common problems that wisdom teeth can cause or contribute to:
- Crowding of existing teeth
- Damage to jaw or neighboring teeth
- Tooth decay due to difficulty in providing proper care for hard to reach teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections to develop in jaws and/or gums
- Crooked teeth
- Wisdom teeth can come in at awkward angles and cause discomfort
- Stiff Jaw
- Bite problems
Removal of wisdom teeth before or after they have erupted will require the expertise of an oral surgeon like Dr. Goehring. If wisdom teeth have not erupted yet or are impacted then the surgeon will have to excise them from the jaw and gums. If the wisdom teeth have erupted, but are crooked or causing crowded then they will be extracted without having to breach the jaws. At any rate it is very common to have wisdom teeth removed as a preventative or corrective measure. General or local anesthesia ensures that the removal will be as comfortable as possible. Recovery time is usually just a few days and complications are rare. The most important thing to consider after having wisdom teeth removed is to take extra good care of the “sockets” that the removal has left open. Keeping them clean after eating and avoiding anything strenuous that could cause bleeding to start again is very important too. Oh yeah, you really shouldn’t smoke but that goes double for the recovery period after having wisdom teeth removed!
Contact Goehring Dental for Wisdom Tooth Extractions
With the help and experienced hands of Dr. Goehring, you can eliminate and preemptively treat problematic wisdom teeth! Contact Goehring Dental to schedule your no-obligation wisdom tooth consultation today!