Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Your third molars are often referred to as your “wisdom teeth.” Your wisdom teeth typically start appearing in the late teens or early twenties, and many times lack the proper space in the jaw to come in straight or even at all. This is a common condition and one dentist call “impaction”. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. The primary concern for impacted wisdom teeth is the damage it can cause to adjacent teeth and even cause a straight teeth to begin crowding each other.
In some cases, the wisdom tooth can cause swelling, pain and even inflammation under the gums or in the jaw bone. It is important to address this immediately because it can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If any of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
Dr. Johnson and the team at our Vacaville dentist office may recommend a tooth extraction for any number of reasons.
- If tooth is severely decayed and can’t be restored.
- Injured in a way that cannot be repaired.
- Advanced periodontal disease that causes bone damage.
- Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth).
- In rare situations teeth are extracted in the preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Johnson attempts to save teeth and prevent extraction if possible.
At the Center for Contemporary Dentistry we know that the removing a tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, in many cases, our team will discuss treatment alternatives to an extraction and if indeed an extraction is necessary we will talk about treatment options to replace the extracted tooth.