Wisdom Teeth: Do I Need Them Removed?
Do your gums feel tender or swollen in the rear of your jaw? This may be the cause of misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth.
County Dental in the Hudson Valley is here to help with all your dental care needs.
Wisdom teeth are one of the four third molars that erupt between the ages of 16 and 35. The teeth, located in the back of the jaw, are often misaligned and require removal by an oral surgeon.
Poor wisdom teeth alignment can lead to: crowding, damage to adjacent teeth, damage to jawbone and damage to nerves.
What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?
County Dental in the Hudson Valley of New York recommends an examination of your jaw by an x-ray to detect if your teeth are impacted.
Impacted teeth are enclosed with the soft tissue and/or the jawbone that only partially break through or erupt the gum. Partial eruption of the wisdom teeth allows an opening for harmful bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection.
What’s Next? Meet with County Dental Oral Surgeon for Examination
Our oral surgeon at County Dental may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted while they are still below the gum line to prevent problems from developing in your jaw. By getting an extraction at the first sign of an impacted or misaligned wisdom tooth, you can avoid a more painful and complicated extraction later on.
Removing the impacted tooth is easier for young people, when the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. The recovery time tends to be longer in older people.
County Dental is committed to whole health care for our community serving over 105,000 patients in Hudson Valley. Contact a patient care coordinator today to have a County Dental oral surgeon examine your wisdom teeth.