The wisdom teeth residing within your gums are actually vestigial third molars. They usually start to emerge in the later teenage years and can cause discomfort, pain, and other complications. One or more wisdom teeth can become impacted or trapped at an angle that prevents it from emerging through the gum tissues in the back of your mouth. In time, the pressure of the impacted wisdom tooth can damage the roots of the molars in the back of your mouth. In time, it could even result in the loss of these otherwise healthy teeth.
Even if you have a wisdom tooth emerge from the gums without complications, it will still need to be brushed and flossed regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This can be especially troublesome as the wisdom teeth are often difficult to reach and clean.
At the same time, if a wisdom tooth has not emerged in younger years, it can slowly fuse with the bone tissues in the back of your mouth. This might require more invasive oral surgery later in life.
To prevent these complications, your dentist, Dr. Norman B. Fine, often recommends having the wisdom teeth extracted as a preventative measure. The ideal time for this is in your teen years.
If you are contemplating having your wisdom teeth extracted in Greenville, South Carolina, you should call 864-299-5900 to schedule a consultation at Fine Periodontics.