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Houston Emergency Dentist | Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that many people gain in their late teens or early twenties. These teeth can be an asset to the mouth when they are healthy and aligned properly, but more often they are removed. Wisdom teeth generally pose a threat to the rest of the mouth because they are often misaligned, growing horizontally, or angled toward or away from the second molars. Also, they may become trapped completely within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only break through the gum partially. When this happens, they are often termed impacted.

Wisdom teeth are generally recommended for removal when:

  • The jaw isn't large enough to accommodate extra teeth that may be useful for chewing or crushing food
  • The wisdom teeth only partially erupt and may cause severe discomfort. Partially erupted teeth are also more prone to tooth decay because of their awkward position
  • Poor alignment of wisdom teeth crowds or damages surrounding teeth, the jawbone or surrounding nerves.
  • Cysts begin to form; they can destroy surrounding teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. If left untreated, a tumor may form.

If you are concerned you may have wisdom teeth, ask your dentist about the positioning of the teeth. An x-ray will be performed to evaluate the presence and alignment of your wisdom teeth and your dentist will recommend you the best course of action for them. Your dentist may decide to have your wisdom teeth extracted even before problems arise. This is to avoid a more painful or complicated extraction a few years later.

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