Wisdom Teeth & Related Problems
Don’t wait till it hurts; have Dr Perry evaluate your wisdom teeth before they become a problem. Wisdom teeth or third molar problems can occur at any age from early teenagers to adults. The problem can become a difficult one to deal with if it is left untreated. Sometimes the common problems describe below or signs and symptoms come and go and most patients think the problem goes away, but it does not. Have Dr Perry evaluate your wisdom teeth with the proper radiology and clinical examination before there is pain.
By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth or molar teeth are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen, very few patients are able to keep their wisdom teeth or third molar(s) their entire life without problem.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
A Common Wisdom Tooth Problem (Scenario 1)
Damage To The Adjacent Tooth
A Very Common Wisdom Tooth Problem (Scenario 2)
Cyst or Infection Develops around an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
The Most Common Wisdom Tooth Problem (Scenario 3)
Infected Gum Tissue Around A Wisdom Tooth & The Adjacent Tooth also known as PERICORONITIS
Additional Wisdom Tooth Problems
Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection or pericoronitis. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness, including difficulty to swallow, fever, dizziness, the inability to open your mouth all the way. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. In some severe situations you may require a hospital visit for IV antibiotics and an overnight stay.
Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems.
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Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
More Videos Below To Learn Even More
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.