Most of our permanent teeth have come in by the time we reach our teen years. However, one set of teeth comes in later: wisdom teeth. Sometimes, these teeth cause problems, leading to a need for wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth come in between the ages of 17 and 23, but by the age of 20, a Houston dentist can tell if a patient will need them removed.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal
As long as you’re good about seeing your dentist regularly, they will be able to find wisdom teeth problems early. These problems stem from several different factors.
- Oral Cavity Size
The most common cause for wisdom teeth problems is an oral cavity that is too small. If the teeth have no room to erupt from the gums, they’ll become impacted or push against other teeth.
Sometimes, the teeth don’t fully erupt. This is known as impaction. When the tooth is not fully out of the gum, it provides easier access to bacteria, which can lead to infection.
- Angle of Eruption
If the teeth don’t protrude straight up, they can affect nearby teeth. When a wisdom tooth presses on another tooth, it can hurt and create a weak spot in the enamel, which can lead to infection.
Early Detection and Removal
As soon as your Houston dentist knows your wisdom teeth will be a problem, they will encourage you to make an appointment to remove them. You won’t always need to remove all the wisdom teeth, but it’s best to remove all the trouble teeth at the same time.
Sedation dentistry is a necessity for removing wisdom teeth. The sedation eliminates pain and helps keep the patient calm during the procedure. This allows the dentist to complete a lot of work in a shorter period of time without discomfort.
Full recovery from wisdom teeth removal is about two weeks. The swelling begins to decrease after about three days. Removing all wisdom teeth at once means a single recovery period. Stretching the procedure out can mean a lot more time lost to recovery.