It is often the case that there is simply not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom tooth to grow in properly. When this is the case, the teeth will either not surface, become impacted, that is, they will not be able to move out of the jaw or the gum, or the teeth will grow in in the wrong position. Either of these situations can lead to serious pain and potential health risks, and should, therefore, be taken care of carefully and quickly.
Most dentists recommend removing the wisdom teeth before they have the opportunity to become problematic. Your wisdom teeth should be monitored by your dentist to ensure that you are receiving the right care for you. At Kirkland Cornerstone Dental, we are dedicated to ensuring you receive personalized care that is optimized to fit your oral healthcare needs.
Next Steps: Wisdom Teeth
If you do not have your wisdom teeth removed before they erupt, your dentist at Kirkland Cornerstone Dental will monitor you closely to ensure that you do not experience harmful side effects. Some things your dentist will watch for include:
- Impaction: If your wisdom tooth is impacted, it can cause potential damage to the roots of the surrounding teeth.
- Misalignment/position of the teeth: If your wisdom teeth grow in in the wrong spot, they can have adverse effects on the alignment of the surrounding teeth and cause overcrowding.
- Infection: Once the wisdom teeth break through the gums, they leave an opening for bacteria to enter into the gums.
- Cavities: If your wisdom teeth aren’t in the proper position, they can create space for food to get trapped, creating a potential risk for cavities.
Your dentist will take X-rays to see the full impact of your wisdom tooth before prescribing surgery to remove the teeth. Our highly trained dentists at Kirkland Cornerstone Dental will work with you closely to determine the best course of action for you.
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