When removing third molars is a wise decision: A guide to wisdom teeth development
Sky Dental strives to bring your smile to new heights of beauty and health. Our dentists, Drs Cristiana and Flaviu Oltean do this by practicing boutique dentistry. This approach to dental care is built on expertise that our patients in Littleton and beyond can trust. It also depends on close relationships. These relationships are built on a healthy routine of consistent dental check-ups.
During these regular check-ups, we may evaluate your mouth and find that a wisdom tooth is not developing properly. We can proactively recommend extractions for impacted wisdom teeth before they cause pain and other symptoms and threaten your health and overall well-being.
The trouble with wisdom teeth
Not everyone develops wisdom teeth; however, developing these back molars is a rite of passage for many of us. Typically, these last teeth start to break through the gums as we are gaining “wisdom” – in our late teens and early- to mid-twenties. It’s estimated that some 85% of those wisdom teeth that do attempt to erupt will need to be removed. Extractions are necessary when there is insufficient space for the teeth in the jaws. Developing molars may become trapped or otherwise impacted. Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth range from pain and swelling to habitual bad breath and a persistent bad taste in the mouth.
Without proper treatment at our office, these teeth can damage their neighbors. Fortunately, by maintaining regular appointments at our office, you never have to go through these painful or disruptive problems! Unlike other types of teeth that are necessary to your health, smile aesthetics, and overall quality of life, wisdom teeth serve no benefit, and their removal may be recommended as soon as your dentist notes developmental challenges. Plus, in another departure from the “standard” rules of dentistry, we do not have to replace wisdom teeth. Their removal is all that is needed to prevent or relieve pain and to support the long-term health, function, and appearance of your smile.
The process of treating impacted wisdom teeth
At Sky Dental, we have the experience and capabilities to handle many complex surgical procedures and treatments in-house. Well before your appointment, we will discuss options for relaxation such as nitrous oxide or other medications that can be taken before your appointment. Also, be aware that you will not feel anything throughout your appointment. The treatment site is thoroughly numbed. We also provide clear instructions on how to care for the treatment site.
And, while our approach to care can help you avoid the need for emergency dentistry services, we always make every effort to see urgent cases promptly. Call our office in Littleton, CO, without delay at (303) 979-9488.