Wisdom Teeth – Keep or Extract?

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Englewood dentistsIf your wisdom teeth come in properly, then they are no different than any other tooth in your mouth. However, wisdom teeth quite often grow at an angle or they can become impacted, this is when they create problems. So let’s talk about what wisdom teeth are, do they need to be removed and are there complications with wisdom teeth extractions.

Let’s first of all talk about what wisdom teeth are. The name wisdom teeth is a nickname given to the teeth because they come in between the ages of 17-21. In reality, they are a third molar.

Should you keep or extract your wisdom teeth? If your wisdom tooth is impacted, then it might be a good idea to get it extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems such as, infection, gum disease, tumors and decay of adjacent teeth. You also might want to get your wisdom tooth extracted if it’s interfering with your bite.

If your wisdom tooth/teeth need to be removed you are probably experiencing some symptoms, such as, pain, infection or swelling. Your dentist will examine you to make sure that an extraction is needed.

There usually isn’t a lot of complications with wisdom teeth extractions. One the most common ones is dry socket. This is a condition that occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site does not form correctly or is lost prematurely. If you get dry socket it can delay the healing process. Talk to your dentist to see what you can do to help prevent this condition.

If you live in the Englewood Colorado area and would like to set up an appointment, please give us a call at 303-781-0624.