Posts for tag: Dentist

By Oral and Facial Surgery Center of Tallahassee
April 18, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth.  While wisdom teeth do grow in straight for some people, in most cases people experience problems with their wisdom teeth.  Problems may arise because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other issues. 
Because most mouths are too small to accommodate four additional molars, wisdom teeth removal is often necessary to prevent other dental problems, including impaction or the shifting of neighboring teeth.  Impacted wisdom teeth are prevented from erupting, cause infection, gum disease and even the formation of a cyst.  By visiting us at Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Tallahassee, your wisdom teeth can be properly checked.  We will work with you to determine if your wisdom teeth require removal, or if they will be healthy when they erupt. In the meantime, lets take a look at how you will know if you need wisdom teeth removal in Tallahassee.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
As a resident of Tallahassee, if your wisdom teeth are causing you problems and are not extracted, they can become impacted.  Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health.  Symptoms are often easy to spot, including pain, inflammation, and infection.  Many people will need their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future problems. 
More than ever before, there are severe consequences of not extracting impacted wisdom teeth.  If your wisdom teeth are impacted and not extracted, the following may occur:
  • Teeth shifting
  • Bone loss and jaw expansion
  • Congestion
  • Cysts and tumors
  • Gum tissue irritation
  • Periodontal pockets, cavities and bone loss
  • Changes in orthodontia and dentures
Partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth may also need to be removed, as they are often nonfunctional, susceptible to tooth decay and interfere with the alignment of adjacent, healthy teeth.  In general, the lack of wisdom teeth does not impede one’s ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.
At Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Tallahassee our oral surgeons are available to help you determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed. With a  proper consultation, we can help you maintain your oral health—even if that means removing your wisdom teeth.