Wisdom Teeth Removal
in Boston, MA
Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the last teeth to develop and erupt into the mouth, usually between the ages of 16 and 24. Wisdom teeth frequently require management because most people do not have adequate space in the oral cavity to accommodate these teeth.
Many wisdom teeth require management due to the limited space available in the oral cavity to accommodate them. When a wisdom tooth fails to fully erupt into the mouth, it becomes impacted. This happens because there simply isn't enough room for the tooth to break completely through the gums. In some cases, an impacted tooth can even lead to the formation of a cyst or tumor, posing more serious problems such as damage to adjacent teeth or surrounding structures.
Even if wisdom teeth manage to 'grow in,' they often erupt incompletely or are mispositioned, making them challenging to maintain proper oral hygiene. The compromised hygiene in this area increases the vulnerability of wisdom teeth to cavities and gum disease, which can also spread to neighboring teeth. Therefore, both impacted and non-impacted wisdom teeth have the potential to damage adjacent teeth and contribute to long-term oral health issues.
It is important to address these concerns promptly. Your dentist may recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth that are impacted or pose a risk to oral health. Additionally, X-rays play a crucial role in determining whether abnormal positioning of the wisdom teeth exists, indicating the need for removal. Following the extraction procedure, the recovery time can vary, ranging from 2 to 10 days, depending on the complexity of the surgery and the level of swelling and discomfort experienced thereafter.
In summary, the limited space in the oral cavity, along with incomplete eruption and mispositioning, are common reasons why most wisdom teeth are pulled out. Whether impacted or not, wisdom teeth can cause harm to adjacent teeth and contribute to ongoing oral health problems. Therefore, it is essential to address these issues promptly to maintain optimal oral health.
As oral surgeons, we are the experts in wisdom tooth management. Even if no symptoms are present, we encourage you to minimize potential health risks by seeking a consultation with us at our Boston office. The absence of symptoms does not necessarily equate to an absence of disease, and third molar treatment often becomes more complicated as we age. Earlier and sooner is best when it comes to talking to us about your wisdom teeth.