Sometime between your late teens and mid-twenties, your wisdom teeth start to come in. Your wisdom teeth may cause pain and problems with your dental structure and may need to be removed. Trust Dr. Gleave to handle this procedure with care and preserve the health of your mouth.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are an extra set of molars that come in during early adulthood. Most people get a set on both the top and bottom jaw. These teeth come in far in the back, which makes them difficult to clean and therefore more susceptible to tooth decay.
Why Would I Need Them Removed?
There are several reasons you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Crowded Mouth – With your wisdom teeth being the last ones to emerge, there may not be room in your mouth to accommodate them. Because they are an unnecessary set of molars, you can have them removed safely and prevent misalignment of your other teeth.
Crooked Teeth – The rest of your teeth are already in their appropriate positions when wisdom teeth come in, so if they are coming in crooked, they can affect the alignment of your other teeth. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean, and you are likely to miss areas while you are brushing and flossing. This puts you in greater danger of tooth decay. Removing your wisdom teeth now is preferable to having to get dental fillings for cavities in your other teeth later on.
Impaction – Impacted wisdom teeth push against, or impact, other teeth in your smile. Many times, they are not able to fully erupt from your gumline because of the impaction. This is dangerous and can lead not only to pain and discomfort but also to tooth decay, infection, and crowding. Removal of impacted wisdom teeth will keep your smile safe from harm.
Do you know if you need your wisdom teeth removed? Dr. Gleave has more than two decades of experience with this procedure and can perform it without pain, thanks to local anesthesia and dental sedation. Call our Salt Lake City office today at 801-747-8531 to schedule a dental appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.