Wisdom teeth are the four teeth located in the very back of your mouth. They typically come through between the ages of 17 and 24, making them the last of your molars to join the fun.
With all your other teeth already happily in place, wisdom teeth can make an awkward appearance to a party that may not be able to accommodate them.
When there isn't enough space for your wisdom teeth, they can become impacted or shift the neighboring teeth and alter the alignment of your smile. None of these are suitable for your oral health and can lead to tooth loss.
The Pain of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Your wisdom tooth is ready to emerge, but it doesn't; when it remains under the gumline, it is impacted. When it only arises half-way, it is a partially impacted wisdom tooth.
In both scenarios, the wisdom tooth will come in at an angle because there is no room in the mouth. This can create a host of issues, including:
- Damage to neighboring teeth or the bone
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Increased risk of bacterial infection at the gumline
- Increased risk of a cyst developing around the impacted tooth
We Can Remove Your Wisdom Tooth and Relieve Pain
If you need a wisdom tooth removed, please call Twickenham Family Dentistry immediately. We know how stressful the thought of a dental extraction can be, which is why we offer sedation dentistry to help ease anxiety.
Our Huntsville, AL restorative dentists will ensure that patients will not feel pain during the procedure, and we invite them to relax while we treat their dental health.