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Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. They usually appear in the late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry.

When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum line tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease. Contact Eschenbach Dental for your nearby teeth and oral surgeon, have the wisdom teeth removed today!

Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier as well as shorten the recovery time.

In order to remove a wisdom tooth, your wisdom teeth dentist first needs to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Since the impacted tooth may still be under the gums and embedded in your jaw bone, your dentist will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. In order to minimize the amount of bone that is removed with the tooth, your dentist will often “section” your wisdom tooth so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone.

Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction, healing time varies. Your dentist will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process. For treatment for wisdom teeth removal or wisdom teeth extraction in Roanoke VA, call Eschenbach Dental at 540.302.5813 today!

Problems with impacted wisdom Tooth

You’ll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled if it results in problems such as:

  • Pain
  • Trapping food and debris behind the wisdom tooth
  • Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone
  • Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
  • Infection or gum disease or periodontal disease
  • Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth

We have a team of Roanoke’s oral surgeons that can provide treatment for your dental health problems with your wisdom teeth. Book an appointment if you need oral and maxillofacial surgery, we have the best maxillofacial surgeons.

Cause & Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth become impacted because they don’t have enough room to come in or develop normally.

Wisdom teeth usually emerge sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people have wisdom teeth that emerge without any problems and line up with the other teeth behind the second molars. In many cases, however, the mouth is too crowded for third molars to develop normally. These crowded third molar teeth, four wisdom teeth, or the last molar becomes trapped.

An impacted wisdom tooth may partially emerge so that some of the crowns is visible or it may never break through the gums. Whether partially or fully impacted, the tooth may:

  • Grow at an angle toward the next tooth (second molar)
  • Grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth
  • Grow at a right angle to the other teeth, as if impacted wisdom teeth is “lying down” within the jawbone
  • Grow straight up or down like other teeth but stay trapped within the jawbone

Impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause symptoms. However, when impacted wisdom teeth become infected, damage other teeth, or causes other dental problems, you may experience some of these signs or symptoms:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Bad breath
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth

When to see a doctor for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Call your dentist or oral surgeons in Roanoke VA from Eschenbach Dental if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, which could indicate an infection of your wisdom teeth may have nerve damage or other serious complication:

  • Fever and you feel pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Swelling that worsens after two or three days
  • Severe pain not relieved by prescribed pain medications
  • Partially impacted wisdom teeth appear to be at higher risk of tooth decay (caries) than other teeth
  • A bad taste in your mouth not removed with saltwater rinsing
  • Persistent numbness or loss of feeling
  • Pus in or oozing from the socket
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Blood clot or pus in nasal discharge

Eschenbach Family Dentistry provides treatment for wisdom teeth, maintenance for healthy teeth, or wisdom teeth Management in Roanoke VA. To schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon, call us today!

Why Good Oral Hygiene of your Wisdom Teeth is Important?

Oral hygiene is important to your oral health because it reduces your risk of developing tooth decay, wisdom teeth removal, and gum disease. When left untreated, both tooth and gum disease can have serious implications on your oral health. They can produce painful or visually unappealing symptoms. Not only that, but more severe cases can result in tooth loss, bone degeneration, and the spread of infection to other teeth or parts of the mouth.

Both of these oral health problems are caused by excess bacteria, on the wisdom teeth enamel or around the gums. In reducing the number of bacteria in your mouth, dental hygiene reduces the likelihood of developing these issues. It also makes these issues easier to treat if they do happen to develop. In this way, you can think of dental hygiene as a way of preserving your natural teeth, wisdom teeth, facial structure, and bone mass.

Simple Ways to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth Healthy

Achieving healthy wisdom teeth takes a lifetime of care. This involves getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits.

  1. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth
  2. Brush properly to avoid wisdom teeth removal
  3. Use a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association
  4. Consider mouthwash
  5. See your dentist at least twice a year

Come to our Roanoke dental office for expert care regarding your impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth removal and other necessary tooth extractions. Whether it’s surgical removal or addressing other dental concerns, we’ve got you covered. We also offer cosmetic dental services. Give us a call at 540.302.5813 to schedule your appointment today. Don’t wait any longer – your dental health matters!