Wisdom Teeth in Naperville, IL
The third molars, located in the back of the mouth, are commonly called the “wisdom teeth.” These molars are usually the last to develop, which usually happens in the mid-teen years and early twenties.
Studies have found that early evaluation and treatment improves the overall outcome for the patient, which is why patients are typically evaluated in the mid-teenage years. The common recommendation is that wisdom teeth should be removed before the root structure is fully developed. Most dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom teeth removal between the ages of 14 and 20, depending on the unique needs of each patient.
If an adult has impacted wisdom teeth that need to be removed, there is a higher complication rate for the treatment. The tooth roots are longer and the jawbone density is higher, making it more difficult to remove the impacted molars.
Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Often Needed
Even though most people develop 32 permanent adult teeth, it is common for the jaw to be too small to accommodate the eruption of all four wisdom teeth. In many cases, these four molars are mispositioned, which could have an impact on surrounding teeth if the wisdom teeth erupt. If the wisdom teeth align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, then these teeth do not need to be removed. But leaving the wisdom teeth in the mouth is not a common recommendation for most patients.
There isn’t enough space for them to break through, and if they do erupt, cleaning and chewing are difficult. When these teeth haven’t erupted into the normal position, then they are “impacted” since they are partially or fully covered by soft tissue and/or bone. Sometimes the teeth emerge partially or remain trapped beneath the bone and gum.
These poorly positioned teeth can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease because of food impaction issues. Food can get caught in the partial tooth exposure, resulting in the perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth, which leads to infection, swelling, pain, and stiffness. Another common problem is that erupting wisdom teeth overcrowd and move other teeth in the mouth, causing issues with the natural alignment or orthodontic alignment of the teeth.
The simplest solution to avoid these problems is the proactive extraction of the wisdom teeth. This procedure minimizes the risk of future problems and also decreases the surgical risks of the treatment.
Wisdom Tooth Consultation
Schedule a wisdom tooth consultation to see if you need this treatment. Drs. Blecha and Jandali will determine if you will benefit from wisdom tooth removal. X-ray imaging can be used to determine the position of the wisdom teeth. These images help the doctors determine if there is enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to erupt, whether these teeth are impacted, and the difficulty of removing the teeth if needed. In special situations, a CT scan might be needed in addition to x-rays.
During your wisdom tooth consultation, Drs. Blecha and Jandali will discuss important details with you:
- Advantages and disadvantages of wisdom teeth removal
- What to expect during recovery
- Anesthesia options
- Medications that can be used
For more information, contact our office at any time. We will book an appointment so you can talk to an experienced oral surgeon.