The wisdom teeth or third molars are usually the last four teeth that erupt in the mouth. Located near the throat at the top and bottom of the back of the mouth, the wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Most mouths simply do not have enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt and function well. In these cases, the wisdom teeth can become impacted or “stuck.” This can cause potential damage to your teeth and overall oral health. Sometimes wisdom teeth erupt sideways, which also causes problems. When left in the mouth, these partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause other teeth to be crooked as well as infection, damage to other teeth, cysts, and even tumors.
Wisdom teeth impaction comes in several forms:
- Soft Tissue Impaction: The crown of the tooth has erupted through the bone, but gum tissue still covers all or most of it. This area is often difficult to keep clean, which means that you are at a higher risk for infection and/or decay.
- Partial Bony Impaction: A portion of the crown is below the gum and surrounding jawbone. Infections are common with this type of impaction because of difficulty keeping the area clean.
- Complete Bony Impaction: The tooth is still completely enclosed in the jawbone. These wisdom teeth require more complex removal techniques.
Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth in Newport Beach, California
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but many do. Wisdom teeth extractions are often performed to prevent:
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Tumors and cysts
- Teeth crowding
- Periodontal (gum) disease
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure and at Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc., we do our best to ensure that you remain completely comfortable throughout your treatment. The procedure is completed in just one appointment, and anesthesia may be used for your comfort. Once the wisdom teeth have been removed, Dr. Douglas Hauck will give you specific instructions on how to care for your mouth. For more information on wisdom teeth removal and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please call or visit our office soon.