Wisdom teeth, also referred to as the “third molars,” are teeth that typically develop anywhere between the ages of 17 to 21. They are considered a dental milestone, but often result in problems. Because these are the last teeth to develop in the smile, near the back, there is often not enough room for them to erupt. This can cause impacted wisdom teeth that can become painful and affect several aspects of the smile. Even if they do erupt through the smile, they can result in overcrowding, misalignment, or increased risk of developing cavities or periodontal disease. Due to these concerns, our team at Schindler Dentistry often recommend extraction.
Why do I need wisdom teeth removed?
There are many reasons why patients choose to have wisdom teeth removed, but in many cases, they are either impacted or “stuck” under the gum line, or may pose a risk to one’s oral health.
What type of removal is performed?
Dr. Sharon Schindler offers two methods of extraction for wisdom teeth, including simple extraction and surgical extraction. Simple extraction is performed when the tooth is above the gumline, and surgical extraction is performed if the tooth has become stuck underneath the gumline. Surgical extraction is more invasive, but is a routine procedure done with little to no problems when patients follow specific aftercare instructions.
Can I keep my wisdom teeth?
If you are not bothered by the teeth that have developed in the dental arch, and they are not negatively impacting your oral health, patients can keep their wisdom teeth in place. It is important, however, that patients take great care in brushing and flossing around their wisdom teeth to reduce their risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. This is vital for one’s overall oral health and wellness.
Contact Schindler Dentistry of Columbus, OH to learn more
Call (614) 586-0609 to discuss with Dr. Sharon Schindler the concerns that wisdom teeth can cause for many of our new and established patients. The office is located at 775 Yard Street, Ste. #175 and accepts patients in and around the community seeking comprehensive dental care.