Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Louisville, KY
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The average adult has 32 teeth. The final four molars, called ‘wisdom teeth,’ usually come later in life and their appearance can push the other molars and teeth so that they do not ‘fit’ in the average adult’s mouth. Additionally, they usually do not come in fully and the gums do not seal properly around the base of the tooth. This can serve as an entryway to the body for infection and other foreign pathogens.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the final molars to grow in an adult mouth. They usually erupt around puberty, but the timing varies from person to person.
Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Always Necessary?
Wisdom teeth must be removed when they present harm to the patient. If the tooth does not come in properly, they may knock the other teeth out of alignment, causing discomfort or affecting the patients’ bite. If they do not fully erupt, the gums may not properly form a seal around the tooth’s base, and they can become an entry point for bacteria and other pathogens into the body. In some cases, tumors or cysts may grow out of these partially impacted teeth, where bacteria and infection can occur.
How Do I Know If I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Your oral surgeon can perform an oral examination to determine if a wisdom tooth procedure is necessary. They will examine the tooth positioning and take x-rays to make the final assessment. Usually, this examination occurs when the patient is a teenager. If you are experiencing discomfort and need further information about wisdom tooth extractions in Louisville, contact our office today.