Most people develop their wisdom teeth during their teenage years. Due to lack of space, wisdom teeth may only partially emerge through the gums. This can result in cavities, crowding, or gum infections. It is not unusual for these teeth to grow diagonally and horizontally, causing significant problems for the patient. This uneven growing can be responsible for a myriad of oral health problems including crowding, damage to the adjacent molars or infected gums. When infection results you will feel discomfort, swelling, pain, and illness. Early removal of wisdom teeth is often recommended to avoid future problems and to avoid costly procedures.
In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth is not visible on the surface. During your regular dental exams and x-rays, your Summit Dental dentist can determine the position of the wisdom teeth and anticipate if future problems may arise. With a clinical exam and panoramic imaging, we can let you know when your child’s wisdom teeth require removal.
We can also discuss your wisdom teeth options with you at your next hygiene and check-up appointment – just ask! We look forward to hearing from you soon.