Common Dental Concerns: Wisdom Teeth
One of the most common of all dental concerns experienced by people everywhere involves wisdom teeth. There are many myths associated with wisdom teeth as well as with the treatment options that are available to deal with wisdom teeth in this day and age. Through this article, you will be provided with some basic information about wisdom teeth and what treatment options are available to you if you have problematic wisdom teeth.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth actually might be considered "extra teeth" that sometimes grow in at the rear of a person's mouth -- both on the upper and lower deck. The problem with wisdom teeth is that when they grow in they can crowd out other teeth in your mouth causing a misalignment. In the alternative, there are instances in which wisdom teeth are impacted -- which can cause other serious problems that will be discussed in a moment.
Some people do not get wisdom teeth at all. Some people will have four wisdom teeth. In some rare instances, a wisdom tooth will grow back in after a wisdom tooth has been removed.
What if My Wisdom Teeth Are Impacted?
First of all it is important to understand what is meant by a wisdom tooth that is impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that is growing in underneath the bone of the jaw in the mouth. This type of situation can have very serious dental health consequences.
If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, chances are that you will need to engage the services of an oral surgeon to have the wisdom tooth removed. This can be a very complicated procedure as it involves removing the tooth and bone material. Many a dentist and oral surgeon considers the removal of an impacted wisdom tooth to be one of the most difficult procedures in dentistry.
Treatment Options Available Today
Generally, the treatment option that is most commonly used when it comes to wisdom teeth today is removal and extraction. There are instances in which a wisdom tooth is not doing any damage to the alignment of the other teeth in a person's mouth, and if it is not impacted, removal and extraction may not be immediately necessary . in some instances it might not be necessary at all.
Provided that the wisdom tooth is not impacted, removal and extraction is not that difficult process for most patients. Indeed, the anxiety and anticipation of the procedure usually proves worse than the procedure itself.
You do need to keep in mind that this article cannot take the place of obtaining professional dental care advice from a licensed dentist. This article has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a dental care consultation. If you have any concerns about your dental health, including about wisdom teeth, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. Indeed, you may need to consult with an oral surgeon when it comes to dealing with the extraction of wisdom teeth in some instances.