Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars. They usually come in when a person is in their late teens to early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned. Most times, they are misaligned and require removal.
Your adult mouth consists of three sets of molars. The first set of molars break through the gums around age six. The second molars come in around age twelve, and the last set or molars, know as wisdom teeth, erupt during the late teen years or early twenties.
Titensor Dental takes a dental X-ray of your mouth to determine how many wisdom teeth you have and their alignment. Based on the results of the X-ray, and even though your molars serve a function, your wisdom teeth might require extraction to avoid future dental problems.
Molars function to chew and to grind your food for you as you eat; however, sometimes wisdom teeth erupt misaligned and cause dental problems such as
Extraction of the wisdom teeth also occurs when the molars do not erupt totally from the soft tissue or the jawbone, a condition known as impacted. Even a partial eruption of your molars requires extraction because, if the molars remain in your mouth, conditions develop that cause infections, resulting in tooth pain, jaw pain, swelling, and overall poor dental health. Based on your age, you want to consider the following: A younger person's molar extraction requires less recovery time, as the molar root has not developed completely and the bone still maintains pliability. An older person's molar extraction proves to be more difficult, as the molar roots have solidified to the bone; therefore, they experience a longer recovery period. Please let Titensor Dental know if you are apprehensive about the extraction process. They will discuss with you the options available, including sedation dentistry, to you to ease any concerns you have. In more advanced cases, Dr. Titensor may recommend an oral surgeon he has worked with in the past.
Titensor Dental recommends extraction of the wisdom teeth when your dental checkup indicates future dental problems may occur, if they remain. Usually, you return to the office at another scheduled time for the extraction.
The extraction procedure requires the removal of the molar from its socket. Dr. Titensor administers anesthesia or sedation to ensure your comfort. Next, he gently expands the socket to reach the ligament that attaches the molar. Then, he removes the wisdom tooth. Before you leave the office, you receive directions for at-home care. Sometimes after the extraction, your remaining teeth move. Titensor Dental will discuss your options if problems develop from their movement.