Wisdom Teeth Removal in Clearwater, FL
Located at the back of the upper and lower jaw, the wisdom teeth are usually the last molars to develop and break through the gums. For most people, the process begins during their late teens or early 20s, and sometimes it occurs without issue. So, why is wisdom teeth removal so frequently needed?
Also known as the third molars, the wisdom teeth tend to cause problems due to their late emergence. Often, by the time they begin to break through the gums, there isn’t enough room for them in the mouth. If allowed to fully erupt into an overcrowded mouth, wisdom teeth can cause pain and malocclusion (misaligned teeth).
What’s more, some wisdom teeth never fully emerge. Instead, they remain partially trapped between the gum tissue and jawbone, where they are unable to develop properly. In addition to causing pain, the part of the tooth that has broken through the gum surface can harbor bacteria, which can lead to infection and decay in the surrounding teeth.
Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If impacted wisdom teeth pressure or damage nearby teeth, a variety of symptoms can occur, such as:
- Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
- Pain and swelling in the jaw
- Earaches and headaches
- Bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Difficulty opening the mouth
Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out?
Even wisdom teeth that come in properly can cause problems over time. Because they are positioned so far back in the mouth, they can be difficult to clean. For that reason, many dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom teeth removal as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
If you would like to discuss wisdom teeth removal with an experienced oral surgeon, contact Florida Dental Centers to schedule an appointment at our office in Clearwater, FL.