While we have no use for those stubborn three molars in the back of our mouths, they still exist and have a penchant for causing trouble. They’re called wisdom teeth because they tend to emerge when we reach out mature, adulthood years (between 17 and 21). Statistics show that 35% of patients never develop wisdom teeth, but 5% of wisdom teeth impactions can damage other teeth, especially the roots. For patients in Nashville, TN, if the tooth is putting your oral health at risk, the best course of action is to remove the tooth. Dr. Ela, Dr. Fleming, and Dr. Vaughan can help determine if your wisdom tooth falls into this category.
What Happens If My Wisdom Teeth Aren’t Removed?
If a wisdom tooth is not removed it can undo any orthodontic work you’ve had done, and impact the surrounding teeth. Impact means that the wisdom tooth is rutted against a neighboring tooth in some way, with the potential to cause damage.
If the damage to impacted teeth worsens, it could develop into a cyst, infection, or decay of the neighboring teeth. This spells bad news for your oral health, followed by symptoms of pain, pus or worse.
Types of Wisdom Teeth Impactions
Mesial, Vertical, Horizontal and Distal:
Mesial means that the tooth is angled towards the front of the mouth (but not horizontal). This is the most common type of impaction that we’ve seen in patients from Nashville, TN.
Vertical impactions appear with normal orientation, while Horizontal impactions remain under the gums on their side, pressing against the neighboring teeth.
A distal impaction is a backwards mesial impact, wherein the tooth is angled toward the back of the mouth.
Bony, Partial Bony Impaction:
A bony impaction is when the tooth is unable to break through the gums or jawbone. A partial bony impaction is when the tooth is only part way exposed, leaving the rest buried.
Wisdom Tooth Removal in Nashville, TN
At Dentistry of Nashville, we can help our patients determine if their wisdom teeth are putting their oral health at risk. If so, we have the equipment and experience to perform the procedure, removing the teeth safely and efficiently. We also have IV sedation, putting the patient into deep sedation where they will have no memory of the procedure.
During your consultation with us at Dentistry of Nashville, we’ll discuss a treatment plan that fits yours or your child’s needs. We understand that wisdom teeth can be painful or ruin orthodontic work that you worked hard to correct. Removal of any problem wisdom teeth will give you a better outcome and reduced risks to your oral health.
Contact Us About Your Wisdom Teeth
Are you or your child starting to feel a twinge of pain at the back of your mouth? Have recent x-rays at the dentist indicated that your wisdom teeth may damage your surrounding teeth? There’s no better time than now to be accurately evaluated for wisdom tooth removal. If approved, we can extract the teeth quickly and efficiently, all while you’re under anesthetic. Contact us today to take the first step by consulting with Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming at Dentistry of Nashville.