Reasons wisdom teeth need to be extracted
They are called wisdom teeth because when they appear it’s a sign that you have reached adulthood. They most commonly emerge when you’re between 17 and 21 years old, but unfortunately, getting them is not always a pleasant experience. Many patients have to have them extracted to ensure a healthy, attractive and pain-free smile. Explore the various reasons why your wisdom teeth may have to be extracted by a dentist at Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry in Mill Creek.
The Wisdom Teeth Are Erupting at an Angle
When a wisdom tooth grows in normally, it grows straight up and doesn’t interfere with the rest of your smile. They are the third molars, so they should ideally look just like the other two. Unfortunately, in some patients the wisdom teeth come in at an angle pushing through the gums horizontally. This causes pain and could potentially cause the other molars to become damaged. When the teeth come up horizontally instead of vertically, an extraction may be necessary.
The Teeth Are Partially Erupted
In some cases, wisdom teeth come up but they do not fully “erupt.” That means that a portion of each tooth is still hiding beneath the gumline. It is called an impacted wisdom tooth when it doesn’t fully erupt because of some kind of blockage from another tooth. An extraction may be needed because the area can become a magnet for bad bacteria and become infected, swollen and painful.
You’re Getting Orthodontic Treatment
In some cases, your Mill Creek dentist will have to extract your teeth because it’s necessary for an orthodontic treatment (braces). Sometimes, the erupted wisdom teeth will apply pressure to the other teeth toward the front of the mouth, causing crowding or pain. Your dentist will evaluate whether you need to have the third molars extracted to ensure a successful orthodontic treatment.
Tooth Decay, Gum Disease or Infection
Patients who are diagnosed with gum disease or a tooth infection sometimes have to have their wisdom teeth extracted. This is often the case when the infection is causing extreme pain or has advanced to the point where a root canal won’t help.
Consult With Your Dentist
The dental team at Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry in Mill Creek can help you decide if you should have your wisdom teeth extracted. Call the office at (425) 337-7300 today to schedule a consultation.