Due to their location, wisdom teeth are more difficult to clean, making them more susceptible to decay and gum disease that can spread throughout the mouth. Their location also tends to cause overcrowding, misalignment, and damage to other teeth, increasing your risk of developing cavities, infections, and gum disease. Wisdom teeth generally cause issues for most people at some point in their lives. Though some patients do not experience problems with wisdom teeth until their 30s, the majority develop issues[…] Read More
Category: Wisdom Teeth
What Is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is a painful oral condition that can arise following a tooth extraction, such as wisdom tooth removal. The condition develops when the blood clot at the extraction site does not develop or is prematurely dissolves or dislodged before the socket is completely healed, exposing the socket to potential contamination. Blood clots provide a protective layer over the underlying nerve endings and bone and serve as a foundation for new bone and soft tissue growth. When blood clots are[…] Read More
What Is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
Wisdom teeth are third molars at the rear of the mouth, the last adult teeth to emerge. The majority of patients have four wisdom teeth, two upper and two lower. Wisdom teeth develop within a socket in the jaw in the same manner as all other teeth, protected by gums and tissue until they grow and break through the surface. In some cases, however, wisdom teeth only partially erupt, or not at all due to overcrowding, and become impacted. Impacted[…] Read More
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge, typically during the late teenage years or early 20s, and they vary in number. Some people may develop two, and some may have four or more or none at all. Wisdom teeth frequently do not completely emerge through the gum line and become impacted. If left untreated or not extracted, wisdom teeth can cause inflammation, infection, tenderness, swelling, pain, headaches, chronic bad breath, and more. Wisdom teeth are the least[…] Read More
Can You Get Multiple Teeth Extracted at Once?
The thought of having several teeth extracted at once is understandably intimidating for many patients. It is natural to have questions and concerns about safety and options for the procedure. It is not uncommon for a patient to require having more than one tooth pulled at the same time. Some patients have tooth decay or periodontal disease, while others have suffered dental trauma or have badly positioned teeth. If you feel overwhelmed about getting multiple teeth extracted at once, you[…] Read More