If you're like most adults, you've got a set of wisdom teeth in your mouth that you wish you didn't have. They're the largest teeth in your mouth, and they grow in your jaw to help you chew and speak. But sometimes, they don't work the way they're supposed to. They don't fully come in, and they start to crowd other teeth and cause problems when they break through the gum line. That's why many patients choose to have their wisdom teeth removed in Plano.
In the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the teeth grow forward and crowd the other teeth in the mouth. It can result in cracked, infected teeth that bleed and hurt. Because they have trouble moving, they can cause pain and damage the jawbone. In some cases, they can even cause the adult teeth next to them to break through the gum line and become infected.
Impacted wisdom teeth can spread infection from one part of the mouth to another. If an impacted wisdom tooth is untreated, it can lead to infection in the gums, sinuses, and even the jawbone. Infected wisdom teeth can become abscesses and cause pain, swelling, and discomfort. A painful, swollen tooth usually indicates that it may be infected.
They may also cause a severe reaction in the body. If left untreated, the infections can spread to the bloodstream, leading to serious health problems.
When impacted wisdom teeth grow forward, they can wear away the gum tissue and bone that holds them in place. Some of this destruction can be seen on x-rays. The bone may start to become worn or thin. People may notice that their bite has changed, their teeth are misaligned, or their face appears distorted. All these changes can make you look older than you really are.
In extreme cases, the impacted teeth damage the jawbone and cause the jaw to drop down. The lower jaw may need to be wired together and pulled up again to properly align the teeth. This process will require braces and surgery. It's a condition that can cause serious problems like tooth loss, tooth decay, and serious infection.
Impacted wisdom teeth can increase the risk of developing diseases like periodontal disease, which affects the gums and the bone that supports your teeth. In fact, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends that impacted wisdom teeth be removed as soon as possible.
Impacted wisdom teeth aren't always obvious or easy to notice. Therefore, you should get the best dentist to handle this procedure and successfully remove your impacted wisdom teeth.
At Texas Oral Surgery Group, we have a great reputation for doing this and for providing the best care. We are very happy to answer any questions and discuss your individual needs to guide you to an educated decision. Call us today to learn more about the procedure and schedule a consultation.