Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually come in around the ages of 17 and 25. Getting new molars can be exciting. Who doesn’t want an extra set of teeth to gnaw on delicious food? New molars may at first seem like wonderful assets, however, sometimes they can lead to complications that can cause problems down the road.
There are instances when new teeth cannot fully come out all the way, resulting in what is known as impacted teeth. Since they are located towards the back of the mouth, these third molars may be tricky to clean, which can lead a buildup of food particles and bacteria. Once there is an accumulation of bacteria, the gum surrounding the tooth can become infected and swollen, which is the dental disorder known as pericoronitis. However, pericoronitis can be kept under control with antibiotics and warm salt-water rinses.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth can also lead to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. In periodontitis, inflammation around the teeth causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This can lead to the formation of “pockets,” which can become easily infected. Research has shown that once gum disease has been established in the wisdom teeth area, problems will be persistent and progressive. Dentists do suggest that a solution to this problem is to have your pesky molars extracted.
You may look at your teeth right now and say to yourself, hey, my wisdom teeth don’t look bad at all. They may seem to have come in normally and don’t really give you any problems. However, even if you are pain free, that doesn’t mean you should be worry free. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have shown that wisdom teeth that have come out fully can still be susceptible to disease and infections. Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we have Dr. Ghazi, our periodontist, who specializes in wisdom teeth extractions. Be sure to make make an appointment with us for a consultation. Regular check-ups cleaning are essential to keep your teeth happy and healthy.
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