It is critical to act quickly if you experience even the slightest jaw/wisdom teeth pain. Delays in treatment can damage your oral health and be more painful at the end.
Here are some steps to follow prior to visiting our Doctors at Prestige Dental Care for wisdom teeth extractions in Lake Worth, Florida.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of one or more wisdom teeth; these are the four permanent adult teeth located in the top and bottom back corners of the mouth.
If a wisdom tooth is unable to grow properly (impacted wisdom tooth), causing pain, infection, or other dental problems, it will certainly need to be extracted. A dentist or an oral surgeon is prepared to provide you with treatment or extractions.
To avoid future complications, some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth are not causing problems at the moment.
Many people develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that are unable to erupt into the mouth or develop normally due to a lack of space. Wisdom teeth that are impacted may erupt only partially or not at all because of the following reasons:
- Tooth growth at an angle in the direction of the next tooth (second molar)
- Angled growth toward the back of the mouth
- Wisdom teeth develop at an angle to the other teeth, as if “laying down” within the jawbone.
Consequences of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
You will almost certainly need to have your impacted wisdom tooth extracted if it causes you any of the following problems:
- Food trapped in the space behind the wisdom tooth.
- Infection or periodontal disease
- Tooth decay in a wisdom tooth that has not fully erupted
- Damage to a neighboring tooth or bone
- Around the wisdom tooth, the formation of a fluid-filled sac (cyst)
Identifying and Resolving Future Dental Problems
It’s difficult to forecast future complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth. However, the following justifies preventive tooth extraction:
- Even some wisdom teeth that are symptom-free may harbor disease.
- If there is insufficient space for the tooth to erupt, reaching it and properly cleaning could become challenging.
When is the Appropriate Time to Contact Your Dentist or Surgeon?
If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, that may indicate an infection, nerve damage, or other serious complication, contact your dentist or oral surgeon immediately:
- Suffering from swallowing or breathing difficulties
- Prolonged bleeding
- Severe pain that is not alleviated by pain medications prescribed by a physician
- Swelling that progressively worsens over the course of two or three days
- A bad taste in your mouth that is not removed by rinsing with saltwater
- Pus in the socket or oozing from it
- Persistent numbness or sensory loss
Prestige Dental Care – the solution for wisdom teeth extractions Lake Worth Florida.