Why You Might Need Wisdom Teeth Removal Dental Services
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, meaning that the chances are high that they may not find enough room to erupt. This explains what you may have heard being referred to as an impacted tooth.
What Is an Impacted Tooth?
If a wisdom tooth lacks space to erupt, maybe because you have small gums, several things can happen:
- The wisdom tooth may fail to erupt and grow parallel to your gums
- The wisdom tooth can grow angled, fail to erupt and start leaning or pushing on the adjacent tooth inside your gum
- The wisdom tooth can start to erupt angled, where it pushes on the crown of the adjacent tooth (you can see the tooth, but it will be angled)
In most of the cases mentioned above (where the tooth is located inside your gum), the wisdom tooth needs to be extracted through surgery. However, the dentist can apply braces in some circumstances to help align the wisdom tooth.
The most common sign that you have an impacted tooth located inside your gum is discomfort or pain. This occurs when the impacted tooth starts pressing against the adjacent tooth. Do not delay seeking treatment; taking too long can cause tooth decay at the point of contact. This will destroy two good teeth you don't want to lose.
Severe Tooth Decay
Failure to care for your teeth or having an underlying dental or health problem that can affect your teeth can lead to tooth decay.
The early stages of tooth decay are easily treated by drilling away decayed parts of your tooth and reshaping it with a dental filling.
Failing to get treatment at this stage may lead to moderate tooth decay that forms a hole in your tooth. If the hole reaches your pulp cavity, you need a root canal procedure to kill your tooth (the process of removing the nerves and blood vessels in your tooth and filling the pulp cavity with a resin). This is a completely safe procedure that does not affect your well-being; it is done to prevent gum infection.
If you still do not get treatment at this stage, tooth decay worsens, and the only treatment is tooth extraction. Your wisdom tooth may also have become severely decayed such that the dentist may not be able to remove it normally (easily); it might need to be removed through surgery. This is the second dental condition that might necessitate wisdom teeth removal dental services.