When Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?

It’s a common misconception that wisdom teeth always require removal. In the following video, Dr. Amelia Aristodemo illustrates the situations where the removal of wisdom teeth is needed.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, may need to be removed for various reasons, including:

1. Impaction: When wisdom teeth do not have enough space to erupt properly, they may become impacted, causing pain, swelling, and potential damage to surrounding teeth and bone.

2. Crowding: Wisdom teeth can cause crowding or shifting of adjacent teeth as they try to erupt, leading to misalignment and bite problems.

3. Infection: Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can trap food particles and bacteria, increasing the risk of infection and inflammation in the surrounding gum tissue (pericoronitis) or tooth decay.

4. Gum disease: Difficulty in cleaning partially erupted or impacted wisdom teeth can make them more prone to gum disease (periodontal disease), which can affect the health of surrounding teeth and tissues.

5. Tooth decay: Wisdom teeth, especially those that are partially erupted or impacted, can be challenging to clean effectively, increasing the risk of tooth decay and cavities.

6. Cysts or tumors: In rare cases, cysts or tumors may develop around impacted wisdom teeth, potentially causing damage to nearby teeth, nerves, and bone tissue.

If you experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, difficulty opening your mouth, repeated infections, or other signs of wisdom tooth problems, it is essential to consult with a dentist or oral surgeon. They can evaluate your oral health and recommend the appropriate treatment, which may include wisdom tooth extraction.

Regular dental check-ups and X-rays can help monitor the development and position of wisdom teeth, allowing for early detection of potential problems and timely intervention when necessary.

If you have concerns about your wisdom teeth or are experiencing symptoms suggestive of wisdom tooth issues, we encourage you to contact our office for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment recommendations. Our dental team is here to help address your oral health needs and ensure your comfort and well-being. Thank you for considering us for your dental care.

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Meet Dr. Amelia Aristodemo

Dr. Amelia Aristodemo earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Loyola University at Chicago in 1992 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1997. She provides all your basic dental care needs plus offers Orthodontics, lnvisalign, Dental Implants, Opalescence Teeth Whitening and Laser Dentistry.

Dr. Aristodemo believes excellence in dentistry begins with a careful co-diagnosis and treatment plan. Communication and long-term relationships are important to her. Let her know what is on your mind and ask questions.

She will help you realize an investment in yourself pays dividends for a lifetime. She is a caring, skilled professional, dedicated to the belief that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health.

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