Posts for tag: Wisdom Teeth
When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.
“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”
The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”
A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.
It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.
So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
What your dentists in Grand Junction, Colorado want you to know
If your tooth hurts, should it be extracted? This is an important question to think about before removing a tooth. There are some definite signs and symptoms which indicate you may need a tooth extracted. The dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, Colorado want to share the facts about when a tooth extraction might be necessary.
One of the most obvious symptoms indicating you might need a tooth extracted is from dental pain. You may need your tooth extracted if it is:
- Becoming infected due to periodontal disease
- Too badly damaged to be restored by a filling or crown
- Too painful even after a filling, crown or root canal treatment
There may be other non-painful reasons you can benefit from a tooth extraction. You may need a tooth extracted because:
- There is not enough room for the tooth
- It is crowding and putting pressure on other teeth
- Removing the tooth will make orthodontic treatment easier
If you aren’t practicing excellent oral hygiene habits including brushing and flossing, you can suffer gum and periodontal disease. Bacteria can begin to destroy the bone supporting your teeth. Eventually, your teeth can become loose and ineffective for chewing your food. The infection can spread to other teeth.
You may need a tooth extracted because it is:
- Mobile and not strongly supported by bone
- Abscessed and causing infection to soft tissue, bone and your other teeth
One of the most common reasons to have teeth extracted is if they are wisdom teeth. Many people don’t have enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. In many cases, the teeth are poorly-positioned, crowded, and difficult to clean. In some cases, the wisdom teeth don’t erupt at all, staying embedded in bone. These are known as impacted wisdom teeth.
You may need wisdom teeth extracted if they are:
- Damaged, decayed, or infected
- Not erupting normally or are crowded
- Unable to be brushed or flossed thoroughly
- Not a fully functioning part of your bite
To find out more call the dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Call today!