Reasons your wisdom teeth may concern your Greensboro dentist
Third molars, referred to as wisdom teeth due to the time of life in which they erupt, are something that your dentist will watch very closely. Sometime during the teen years, we can begin to monitor the growth of these teeth via routine x-rays and dental examination. Additionally, the observation of wisdom teeth involves consideration to factors that will impact their path into the mouth.
Unlike most other permanent teeth, wisdom teeth do not always grow in fully as expected. Many times, these molars get trapped beneath gum tissue. Impaction is, in fact, a pretty common occurrence, affecting nine out of ten dental patients. Wisdom teeth that are impacted are typically removed in a precise oral surgery procedure performed with local anesthetic and often with sedation by your dentist in Greensboro.
Patients of Dr. Steven Hatcher can count on personal care and explanation that will help them understand their dental condition and proposed treatment. One of the common beliefs about wisdom teeth is that removal may only be necessary if a clear problem exists, such as pain. The truth is that pain may be the last indicator of dental disease. There are a number of reasons that your dentist may recommend wisdom tooth extraction, such as:
One or more wisdom teeth are trapped, or impacted
One or more teeth have only partially grown in
There is clearly no space in the arch for teeth to grow in
Partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth have been extensively damaged by large cavities
Cysts, abscess, or tumors have developed beneath the gums due to infection
Gum disease has developed around impacted or partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth have caused or are likely to cause damage to adjacent teeth
In some cases, it may be possible to "watch and wait" to see if wisdom teeth will make their way into the mouth in a healthy manner. If wisdom teeth have already grown in and are free of cavities, there may be no urgent need to remove them. What many patients find, however, is these teeth are very susceptible to decay and infection. It is thought that their vulnerability may be due to their location and difficulty to adequately clean.
Our dental team is committed to the highest standard of care. We get to know our patients so that we may get to know their smile and dental needs. Call (336) 383-1482 today to schedule your visit.