Do you feel pain and discomfort along the back of your upper or lower jaw? Is there a hard bump in the gums behind your final molars? Are you in your late teens or early twenties?
If you answered yes to some of these questions, then you are a likely candidate for wisdom tooth extraction.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a significant restorative procedure for patients in our dental office because it can prevent numerous other problems like the shifting of the teeth, dental overcrowding, and lifelong pain. If you are seeking a qualified dentist to perform this procedure, look no further than All Smiles Dental Care.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to appear (erupt) in the mouth. They are called wisdom teeth because they emerge relatively late in life, usually when an individual is a teenager or young adult. Although some people have their wisdom teeth come in properly, 5 million others have these molars removed each year.
Wisdom teeth extraction isn’t necessary for everyone, but it can benefit patients who are already experiencing pain and discomfort. A frequent issue with the wisdom teeth is they do not emerge properly and become trapped under the gums. Our dentist then needs to enter the mouth, cut through the gums, and remove the teeth so that they don’t continue to hurt.
Another problem that patients often face is their other teeth shifting to accommodate the new molars. This isn’t always an issue, but it can lead to the development of misalignments, overbite, underbite, or overcrowding.
Swelling around the jaw
Unpleasant taste when eating
Stiffness of the jaw
Swollen lymph node in the neck