Unlike their name, wisdom teeth don’t make us smarter. In fact, these large third molars can cause many problems, including pain, dental crowding, cyst formation, and increased risk of gum disease. Typically emerging during the teenage years, wisdom teeth don’t fit well within our jaws, and they provide no value with regard to dental function or appearance. If you would like to learn more, read an eBooklet about Wisdom Teeth Management
When these large teeth begin to descend, they can become encased in tissue. Encasement in gum tissue is called a soft-tissue impaction; encasement in bone is called a bony impaction. These conditions can cause pain, swelling, and infection. Wisdom teeth that make it through gum and bone without getting stuck often emerge into a mouth that doesn’t have room for them, crowding existing teeth and impacting the look, feel, and function of your smile. Because crowded teeth are harder to clean, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases.
The surgeons at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery recommend that children in their mid-teen years receive an evaluation by a dentist, orthodontist, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine the location and condition of wisdom teeth. Early intervention to remove wisdom teeth can prevent future discomfort, promote rapid healing, and pave the way for a healthy smile. Wisdom tooth removal also aids in orthodontic treatment by creating space in which permanent teeth can emerge or be moved into their ideal arrangement.
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NTFOS, with the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, has provided the following articles to help boost consumer education and awareness about dental implants. For many, placing dental implants is major decision and investment. These resources will help our patients make informed and confident decisions about dental implants.
Wisdom Teeth Management
This article addresses the seriousness of impacted wisdom teeth, some of the common problems that can occur and what to expect for wisdom teeth removal surgery. View the article (PDF)