What’s Up With Wisdom Teeth?
Does anyone ever get to keep their wisdom teeth? Yes, many people do perfectly fine when their wisdom teeth emerge, typically during the late teens or early 20’s. The big mouths who can brag of getting to keep their wisdom teeth have room to spare and all their teeth get along as they should.
The rest of us? We don’t have the room. Our wisdom teeth are coming in at all sorts of foolish angles, threatening the healthy teeth we already have.
When to Remove Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are best removed if any of these conditions are present:
- Impacted wisdom teeth damaging nearby second molars
- Crowding resulting in twisted or misaligned teeth
- Cysts forming due to impaction, causing bone loss or infection.
- Periodontal disease caused by wisdom teeth impaction.
During your routine visits, the dentists at Sacramento’s Marconi Dental Group will access where your wisdom teeth are, what they are likely up to in the near future and your best plan of action to avoid any problems down the road. If you get to keep them? Then you have bragging rights. If not, the best options for safe and painless extraction can be discussed. With local anesthesia and/or sedation, the extraction process takes about one hour.
Don’t be foolish! Realize that your wisdom teeth may have to go to preserve the health of the rest. It’s the smart choice!