Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Understanding Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth – also known as the third molars – can contribute to problems as they erupt through the gums, but having wisdom teeth removed is a fairly common procedure. If they are not removed, poorly aligned wisdom teeth can crowd or damage neighboring teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Despite these potential, short-term problems, extractions provide patients with relief, comfort and restoration of full dental function.

At Aggieland Dental, Drs. Roxane and Ken Spence might use a number of terms to describe the condition of your wisdom teeth when evaluating your oral health before extraction. Familiarize yourself with these common terms below:

Impaction - Issues can arise when wisdom teeth are trying to erupt. Commonly, a tooth fails to erupt properly because of a lack of space, or misalignment. In some cases, wisdom teeth don't make it above the surface.

Soft Tissue Impaction -The crown (top part of the tooth) has partially erupted through bone in the jaw, but has not made it through the gum, called soft tissue.

Partial Bony Impaction - With a partial impaction, the wisdom tooth has room to erupt, but it cannot be used to chew food, as it has not made through gums, and presents difficulty in cleaning.

Complete Bony Impaction - Wisdom teeth are completely encased in bone, and have not erupted at all. Extractions require a surgical solution involving and removing the impact teeth.

Other terms describing impacted wisdom tooth include:

Mesial – the tooth is angled forward, toward the front of the mouth
Vertical – the tooth is impacted, but is facing a “normal” direction
Horizontal – the tooth is lying on its side
Distal – the tooth is angled backward, toward the rear of the mouth

No matter the impaction, we highly recommend wisdom tooth removal for the benefit of gum health, gum disease prevention, and minimization of damage to adjacent teeth and bone structure. We encouraged you to speak to our team at Aggieland Dental Associates – so we can advise you as to the best course of treatment. To schedule your consultation for wisdom teeth removal, contact our office today!

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