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Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Often Necessary

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. While some individuals experience no problems with these late bloomers, many others find themselves in discomfort, facing potential dental complications. Dr. Stephen Cheung at STEPHEN CHEUNG DDS provides insight into the reasons why wisdom teeth often require removal.

UNDERSTANDING WISDOM TEETH

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars located at the back of your mouth. Their primary evolutionary purpose was to help our ancestors grind down plant tissue. However, with modern diets and dental care, these teeth often become more problematic than helpful.

IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH

One of the primary reasons for removal is impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to emerge or grow properly. This can cause pain, swelling, and infection in the surrounding gum.

CROWDING

Wisdom teeth can often push adjacent teeth, causing misalignment. This is especially concerning for individuals who have had orthodontic treatments, as emerging wisdom teeth can compromise straightened smiles.

ORAL HEALTH RISKS

Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria. This increases the risk of oral infections and can lead to more severe conditions like cysts or tumors around the new teeth, which can displace other teeth or damage the jawbone.

SYMPTOMS THAT SIGNAL THE NEED FOR EXTRACTION
  • Patients should be vigilant for symptoms such as:
  • Pain or jaw stiffness near an impacted tooth.
  • An unpleasant taste or bad breath.
  • Swelling around the jaw.
  • Difficulties in opening the mouth.

 

THE EXTRACTION PROCESS AT STEPHEN CHEUNG DDS

Undergoing extraction is a routine procedure. Dr. Cheung first ensures the area is numbed. Depending on the case’s complexity, the procedure might involve removing gum tissue, bone, or dividing the tooth into sections for easier extraction.

POST-OPERATIVE CARE

Recovery is crucial. It’s essential to follow Dr. Cheung’s aftercare advice, which includes avoiding strenuous activity, not drinking through straws, avoiding hot foods, and practicing gentle oral hygiene around the surgical site.

TO EXTRACT OR NOT TO EXTRACT

Regular dental check-ups can monitor the progress of wisdom teeth. Not everyone will need them removed, but it’s always better to address potential problems before they exacerbate. If you’re feeling discomfort or want a professional opinion on your wisdom teeth, consider visiting STEPHEN CHEUNG DDS at 1420 South Mills Avenue Suite D, Lodi, California 95242. Reach out at (209) 369-3617 or [email protected].

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