August 6, 2019
In many ways, wisdom tooth extraction is almost like a rite of passage; many teens and young adults have them removed as a matter of course. But what if they’re left alone in the mouth? While this may occasionally be a safe option, more often than not these extra teeth can cause all kinds of issues – including, surprisingly enough, problems with the sinuses. Read on to learn more on how extracting wisdom teeth in Denver could save you a lot of headaches in the future.
What are Wisdom Teeth, and Why Do They Cause Problems?
The wisdom teeth are a third set of molars; they’re the last of the “permanent” teeth to come in, usually around ages 17 to 21. Many people have four wisdom teeth, but some only have two, and others never develop any at all.
Most of the time, wisdom teeth won’t be able to fully or safely erupt in the mouth due to a lack of space. As a result, they become impacted, which can be very painful. Even if they do erupt, they can crowd the other teeth, causing misalignment and other serious problems.
How Can Wisdom Teeth Affect Sinuses?
The sinuses – empty air pockets that make it easy to breathe – are located in the forehead, cheekbones and behind the nose. During a sinus infection, these spaces become inflamed, making it harder to breathe.
The wisdom teeth are very close to the sinuses behind the nose; when they start to grow in the upper jaw, they may start putting pressure on the area. As a result, you could suffer from sinus headaches and congestion. Also, if there’s an infection in or around your wisdom teeth – which is very likely to happen because their location makes them very difficult to brush and floss properly – it could spread to the sinuses.
How Can an Extraction Help?
By removing wisdom teeth that have become infected or are otherwise causing problems, your oral surgeon in Denver can provide pain relief and protect your overall health. An extraction won’t be recommended unless you really need it; if you’re having sinus problems, X-rays and a thorough examination will be used to confirm that your wisdom teeth are really the source of the problem.
Keep in mind that the surgery will be different depending on the number of wisdom teeth and the overall severity of the case; sometimes the procedure can be done in just one hour, but it can sometimes take much longer.
If you or someone in your family is around the age where wisdom teeth are starting to come in, talk to your oral surgeon as soon as possible; if you identify potential issues early on, you could save your sinuses – and the rest of your mouth – from a lot of pain and inconvenience.
About the Practice
At Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, Drs. Brian Fangman and Randolph C. Robinson always make sure their patients feel well-informed and comfortable about the treatment they receive. Their years of experience have made them experts in performing precise wisdom tooth extractions. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (720) 328-4990.
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