Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
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One of the most common oral surgeries we offer in our Lafayette, CO practice is wisdom tooth removal. While not a rite of passage into adulthood, third molar extractions are quite common in teens and young adults. How can you know if you — or your child — need to have them taken out?
You’re in Pain
Wisdom tooth pain tends to come and go as they start to erupt. If swelling and discomfort don’t improve, chances are it’s not going to go away anytime soon. In fact, it may get worse. A proactive wisdom tooth extraction with our Lafayette oral surgeon will help you avoid future pain or an emergency visit.
Your Tooth is Partially Erupted
Partial eruption is when your wisdom tooth is erupting through the gums, but hasn’t fully come through. Such circumstances are prime opportunity for gum disease and tooth decay to flourish. When they do, it’s not just your wisdom teeth at risk: your adjacent healthy teeth will suffer too.
You’ve Noticed Crowding in Your Teeth
Third molars place a lot of pressure on the adjacent teeth as they erupt. Sometimes, it pushes the other teeth so much that you’ll start to see crowding and misalignment (especially at the front of your smile.) For people that just completed orthodontic treatment, this is especially concerning.
Get the Answers You Need
Fortunately, early intervention can help you avoid complications like these. When you visit Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we’ll take a full-mouth X-ray to evaluate each of your wisdom teeth. Their size, position, and relationship to other teeth will all impact our treatment recommendations.
The truth is, you won’t know for sure if your wisdom teeth need to be taken out unless you’ve seen a dentist. Schedule a third molar extraction consultation at our Lafayette, CO practice today for more information!
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