Impacted Wisdom Teeth
There are a variety of factors that impact your oral health, and you will not be able to avoid certain procedures even if you take great care of your teeth. Sometimes, in other words, there are common procedures that almost everyone ends up having completed. One of these is wisdom teeth removal. Because so many individuals suffer from impacted wisdom teeth, the surgery to remove them has become a common one that many people undergo at some point in their life. If you are experiencing impacted wisdom teeth, don't worry! At Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics, we understand how to keep your mouth healthy and strong.
What are impacted wisdom teeth? Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that have no room to break through your gums. To be a bit more specific, they are the "third molars" that, ideally, should erupt behind your second molars. In today's modern patient, however, this is no longer the case. Instead, many of today's third molars end up without the necessary room to erupt from your gums. Impacted molars might also be caused by misaligned or poorly angled wisdom teeth. Whatever the exact cause, impacted wisdom teeth end up trapped beneath your gums without the ability to break free and do their intended purpose. You might think that they're not doing any harm down there and should just be left alone, but the fact of the matter is that impacted wisdom teeth are often painful as well as end up causing damage to your existing teeth and gums.
Does everyone have their wisdom teeth removed?Wisdom teeth are left over from a time when the human diet was very different from today. They proved useful for eating hard foods like seeds and nuts, and were a necessary part of ancient life. As we grew as a species and our diets changed, however, the need for wisdom teeth faded away. As a result, our jaws began to shrink to better fit our modern diet. Because of this, many individuals do not have the kind of jaw space with which ancient humans were gifted. On the other hand, however, some individuals have plenty of space in their mouths and do not have any problems with their wisdom teeth. For these lucky individuals, the need for removal of impacted molars is not necessary. The majority of individuals, however, will end up experiencing some kind of issue with their wisdom teeth that necessitates removing them.
How are wisdom teeth removed? Wisdom teeth removal is simply another extraction surgical procedure. Depending upon whether your teeth have managed to erupt or are stuck underneath your gums, we may need to cut away at various tissues until they can access the teeth in question. They will then be removed from your mouth, and the extraction site will usually be stitched back up. The process takes around two hours, depending upon the situation in question, and you can expect the healing process to take at least two weeks.
To learn more about impacted wisdom teeth and what you can expect from their removal, give Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics a call today at South Ogden: (385) 626-0977 Kaysville: (385) 439-0101!