July 7, 2018
Throughout your life, you will experience many changes to your teeth. In addition to the eruption of your first tooth and losing your first baby tooth, another leading milestone is when your wisdom teeth finally break through. Usually, between the ages of 16 and 21, 4 third molars erupt; however, this is not true for everyone. Some people are born without all of them. In fact, 35% of people are missing one or more. This is not the only abnormality that can occur. You could have more than the average person, too. If this happens, you will need an extraction for your extra wisdom teeth in Denver.
Why Do I Have Extra Wisdom Teeth?
If you have found yourself with more than 4 wisdom teeth, this is a condition known as hyperdontia. It results when too many teeth grow in your mouth, often in the curved areas where they attach to your jaw, known as the dental arches.
Although it may not seem like a large concern, it can negatively impact your oral health if you do not have them removed. Your jaw can accommodate 32 adult teeth in the perfect scenario. Unfortunately, over time, the human jaw has become narrower, making it difficult to fit 4 extra molars as it is. When there are extra teeth as well, it can lead to significant problems, like overcrowding, impactions, and even infection. If any of these issues develop, it can cause pain and swelling.
To alleviate the problem, it is best to have them removed by your oral surgeon.
What Can I Expect During a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
After an initial consultation, your oral surgeon will create a customized treatment plan. Depending on your exact needs, you will need either a simple or surgical extraction.
A simple extraction is used when the tooth is fully visible above the gum line. To ensure a comfortable procedure, an anesthetic or a sedative will be used. The tooth will first be loosened using a special dental tool and then it will be removed with forceps.
When your tooth is not visible above the gum line, such as with an impaction, you will need a surgical extraction. While under a sedative, your gum tissue will be opened to expose the tooth. It will then be broken into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. After all the pieces are out, your gum tissue will be sutured closed.
Stop Wisdom Tooth Pain Today
If you are having issues with your wisdom teeth, you can get the relief you need with oral surgery in Denver. Schedule your consultation today to improve your quality of life and oral health.
About Dr. Brian Fangman
Dr. Brian Fangman is specially trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery. As a leading oral surgeon in the community, he provides wisdom tooth removal to improve your oral health. If you have not had a wisdom tooth consultation, it is never too late. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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