Table of Content:
- Why do we need to remove our teeth?
- What are wisdom teeth?
- What are impacted wisdom teeth?
- Should I remove my wisdom teeth?
- Do I need bone graft after tooth extraction?
- Tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal in Orange County.
Most of us are born with around thirty permanent adult teeth. However, not all of us get to keep every permanent tooth in our lifetime. Most of us will have to remove one or more of our permanent teeth at some point. There are different reasons why we have to lose adult teeth, such as:
If you’ve had braces, then chances are you removed 2 to 4 of your adult teeth. Orthodontists typically remove these adult teeth in order to create sufficient room for your remaining teeth. This allows them to give you straighter teeth, a better bite and reduces future relapses.
Wisdom teeth impaction
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are all the teeth located all the way in the back of your mouth. If you have wisdom teeth, as not everyone does, then there is a good chance that there is not enough room in your mouth for these teeth. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they can cause pain, discomfort and teeth crowding. You need to have your wisdom teeth removed to fix the problem
Infected and broken teeth
Sometimes our teeth develop cavities and can no longer be saved. Leaving damaged and broken teeth in your mouth is never a good idea. Broken teeth become infected sooner or later and the infection compromises your overall health. Dental infection can spread to your other teeth or through your bloodstream to the rest of your body. So if a bad tooth can’t be saved, you should have it removed it to prevent additional complications. Furthermore, since not all dental infections are painful, you may not be aware that there is an infection inside your mouth. This compromises your overall health, causing unexplained headaches, sinus infections and other digestive and medical conditions.
The number one cause for tooth loss in adults is gum disease or periodontitis. Infected gums causes your teeth to lose their supporting bone structure. As a result, your teeth become loose and eventually fall out of your mouth. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for patients with severe gum disease to lose multiple teeth, sometimes even all of their remaining teeth.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the teeth located all the way in the back of your mouth. Not everyone has wisdom teeth. Some lucky individuals are born without any wisdom teeth in their mouth and never have to worry about them. However, most of us are born with four wisdom teeth in our mouthes, one in each corner. If you have wisdom teeth then you should decide whether to keep or remove them as soon as possible.
Leaving problematic wisdom teeth in your mouth is not a wise idea. Wisdom teeth can cause lots of pain and discomfort over your lifetime. The sooner your remove problematic wisdom teeth, the less you will suffer. Plus, removing these teeth becomes more complicated and problematic as you get older. The ideal age for removing your third molars is late teens to early twenties.
Basically, an impacted wisdom tooth is one that is trapped under your jaw bone. Typically, impacted wisdom teeth fail to erupt into their proper position over time. As a result, they must be removed or will cause lots of complications. This can include severe pain, swelling, infection, teeth crowding and even cavities on the adjacent teeth. The sooner you remove impacted wisdom teeth, the less pain and discomfort you will experience.
It depends. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some do and some don’t. Should you have enough room to fully accommodate your wisdom teeth in your jaw, then you get to keep them. However, most people don’t have enough space in their jaws to fit their wisdom teeth. If this is the case, then you need to remove your wisdom teeth. Here is a list of some complications you may face if you neglect removing your wisdom teeth:
Pain and discomfort
Wisdom teeth start to push their way out starting in your late teens. If there isn’t enough room in your mouth to fit them, they will continue trying to erupt in your mouth unsuccessfully. This causes repeated episodes of severe pain and swelling. The sooner you remove your third molars, the less you will suffer.
When wisdom teeth start to push their way out, they cause your remaining teeth to move as well. If you don’t have enough room in for these teeth, then your other teeth will become crooked. Removing your wisdom teeth early on helps keep your teeth straight and prevents additional crowding.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause TMJ problems, headaches and sinus issues. Removing problematic third molars can relieve the pressure from your joints and sinuses and help alleviate these symptoms.
Cavities and infections
When wisdom teeth start to erupt, they push on the neighboring tooth. If the wisdom tooth is sitting at a bad angle, this can create a hole on the adjacent tooth. This damages the adjacent teeth and creates a cavity. If left untreated, the neighboring tooth eventually becomes infected. In fact, some patients end up losing the tooth next to the wisdom teeth in addition to their wisdom, as a result of such cavities.
Most dentists recommend placing bone graft after extracting your teeth. This is especially true for wisdom teeth or if you’re planning on having a dental implant placed later on. Once a tooth is removed, there is a large socket left behind. This extraction socket needs to fill up with bone tissue in order to properly heal. Bone graft placement can assist in this post-extraction healing process. Here are some benefits of placing a bone graft after tooth extraction:
More predictable healing
Placing a bone graft after tooth extraction helps improve the healing process. With a bone graft in place, your body heals more predictability. The bone graft allows better infiltration of the extraction socket to expedite bone growth. The end result is quicker healing times as well as more bone growth in the area.
Placing a bone graft helps reduce chances of infection. Additionally, bone grafts significantly reduce the possibility of developing dry sockets. A dry socket happens when the body fails to rapidly grow bone into the extraction socket. Dry sockets are very painful and take weeks to heal. By placing a bone graft, you assist the body in developing more bone and reduce the chances of a dry socket.
If you want to place a dental implant, it is highly recommended to add bone graft after your tooth extraction. The bone graft will preserve the extraction socket to assist in future dental implant placement. Without adding a bone graft, your jaw bone might collapse so you might not be a good candidate for implant placement.
If you reside in Orange County and require tooth extraction, we can help you. We offer all phases of teeth extraction, including impacted wisdom teeth. Additionally, we offer same day tooth extraction and sedation “sleep” dentistry for those who are interested. Call us at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online today to learn more. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review everything you need to know before removing your bad tooth. With our sedation “sleep” dentistry option, even those who are worried or afraid can breeze through their appointments. With sedation we can easily remove one or more bad teeth without you feeling any pain or remembering much of anything. So stop suffering from toothaches and give us a call today. You will see how easy it is to remove your bad teeth and fix your smile. To learn more about extraction related treatments, click on the following links: