Most people have four wisdom teeth (third molars,) two upper and two lower. They are the last to erupt, often between age 17 and 21. Generally, wisdom teeth are non-functional and can do more harm than good to adjacent teeth and surrounding jaw bone.
If they do not erupt, they would be considered impacted – trapped in the jaw and under the gum, due to insufficient room. Potentially problematic wisdom teeth can be erupted in abnormal position, biting into the cheeks or gums and can be hidden beneath the bone.
As wisdom teeth develop, so do the roots, which tend to become firmly supported in the surrounding bone. The earlier problematic wisdom teeth are removed, the easier it is for you.
Infection is the most common cause of symptoms involving wisdom teeth.
- 1. Jaw and facial pain, especially when chewing
- 2. Swelling of face and jaw
- 3. Difficulty opening and/or closing mouth
- 4. Pain by ears
- 5. Foul odor from mouth
- 6. Headache
- 7. Fever
- 8. Shifting of teeth
Note: Sometimes impacted teeth cause slow damage to adjacent teeth and underlying bone, without causing pain or symptoms.
USUAL TREATMENT: At your pre-surgical consultation, X-rays will be reviewed and we will discuss treatment options, anesthetics, risks and complications. Although most procedures can be performed in the office, some require same day stay in the hospital. Time off work or school may be necessary, depending upon the nature or extent of the procedure. Usually one post-treatment visit is recommended.
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