Are you suffering from a severe toothache? Does your tooth hurt so bad that you can barely speak or eat? If so, you may have a severely decayed or infected tooth. Another possibility is that you may have an impacted wisdom tooth. Any of these reasons may mean that the tooth may have to be extracted.
A wisdom tooth is the last molar in the very back of your mouth. They are named “wisdom teeth” because they erupt at the age when you have gained some wisdom, usually around our late teenage years. Depending on the person, they may have anywhere from 1 to 4 wisdom teeth appear. However, in rare instances, some people can have no wisdom while others can have more than 4.
Wisdom teeth can become impacted when they don’t erupt or erupt in the wrong way, such as growing out sideways. This can cause a host of problems, such as severe pain, swelling, and discomfort. Other complications include increased risks of oral health problems, such as decay and gum disease, due to the fact that impacted wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. To preserve the wellbeing of your mouth and ensure that the rest of your teeth stay healthy, the wisdom tooth may have to be removed.
The best time to remove an impacted wisdom tooth is when the patient is in their late teens to early twenties. The reason is that your bone tissues are still soft during this time which makes them easier to remove. As we get older, our bone tissues will solidify and harden which makes surgery riskier.
It’s important to note that not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. If the tooth erupts properly, is not causing any problems, and there is enough room in your mouth to accommodate it, it can be left in place. However, this is rarely the case, which is why we recommend an examination to allow the dentist to get an in-depth look at your mouth. If a tooth does have to be removed, you’ll be given an anesthesia so that you will remain comfortable during your procedure. Contact Dr. Rhonda Savage at (253) 857-0835 to speak with us today.