Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always need to be removed, but they can cause problems if they are not growing properly. We provide advanced state-of-the-art oral surgery and wisdom teeth removal. If you’re struggling with your wisdom teeth, please call us for a free consultation.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Peoria, AZ
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, typically emerge between the ages of 15 to 25 and can pose significant challenges to oral health for many individuals in Peoria, AZ. At our practice, we offer comprehensive evaluations and X-ray imaging to assess the condition of your wisdom teeth and determine if extraction is necessary.
While wisdom teeth removal is often considered a traditional procedure, its necessity varies depending on individual factors such as mouth shape, tooth size, and the positioning of the molars. We tailor our approach to each patient, considering their unique circumstances before recommending extraction.
Proactive removal of wisdom teeth can mitigate various potential issues, including overcrowding, TMJ problems, infections, decay, and damage to neighboring teeth. Positioned deep within the jawbone and often pressing against adjacent teeth, wisdom teeth can jeopardize the health of surrounding teeth if left untreated. Moreover, their location makes it difficult for them to maintain proper hygiene, increasing the risk of infections despite diligent oral care practices.
In cases where wisdom teeth develop infections or decay, opting for gum infection therapy or fillings may not be the most effective solution. Instead, removal is often the standard of care, ensuring proactive management and minimizing the risk of further complications.
Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care and guidance regarding wisdom teeth management in Peoria, AZ. Contact us today for a consultation to address any concerns about your wisdom teeth and explore your treatment options.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need removed?
While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed. These signs include:
- Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which can result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
- Changing bite alignment—wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, and this can cause a change in your bite alignment.
- Crowding or damage to existing teeth caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
- Emerging only partially—if your wisdom teeth only partially emerged through the gums it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age before the roots and bone are fully formed and when recovery is faster.
How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?
Wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of 17 and 25. As they grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gumline, they may become inflamed or bleed. These occurrences could cause headaches or tooth pain. Below are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:
- Rinse with salt water
- Use peppermint essential oils or clover oil to soothe the pain
- Take aspirin or an over-the-counter pain reliever
- Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to come in normally, it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth depending on where the teeth lie within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth has penetrated through the bone, but the gum is still covering part of the tooth. When the tooth has partially erupted, but a part of the tooth remains submerged in the jawbone, this is considered partially bony impaction. Complete bony impaction occurs when the tooth is entirely encased by jawbone.
If you have more questions about wisdom teeth removal and the procedures used by Modern Dentistry of Peoria, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.