What we refer to as “wisdom teeth” are actually a third set of molars that erupt in the very back of a person’s mouth, behind their regular molars. Wisdom teeth often need to be removed for a number of reasons since they can eventually lead to a variety of different oral health issues. If you don’t have enough room inside your mouth for this additional third set of molars, they can become impacted, and that can lead to pain, infection and other problems. In these circumstances, Dr. Miller will often recommend wisdom teeth removal for our Austin area patients.
When Wisdom Teeth Removal May Be Needed
You may have heard of an “impacted” wisdom tooth. This is a term that is commonly used for wisdom teeth that erupt in any of the following ways:
- Not erupting completely through the gum tissue
- Coming in at a right angle to other existing teeth
- Growing in at an angle toward the existing second molar
- Growing at an angle toward the back of the mouth
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause a variety of problems, including pain, damage to other teeth, infection, and damage to bone tissue, to name just a few. Here at North Austin Dentistry, we offer our Austin area patients wisdom teeth removal in the comfort of the dental office that you are most accustomed to. Unlike other dental practices that refer their patients to other dental professionals for this procedure, Dr. Miller is trained and experienced in performing wisdom teeth removal and is pleased to offer these services to our Austin area patients. Our wisdom teeth extraction process includes appropriate sedation methods to help our patients feel completely at ease and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQs
Q: How can I tell that I have problems with wisdom teeth?
A: You are probably experiencing pain or tenderness in your jaw, along with swelling of the gum tissue in the back of your mouth. You might also feel a portion of a tooth erupting in the very back of your mouth.
Q: Can I still have my wisdom teeth removed even though I’m an older patient?
A: Although wisdom teeth removal is usually done for patients in their late teens or early twenties, you can have your wisdom teeth removed at any age.
Q: What can happen if I choose not to have my wisdom teeth removed?
A: Wisdom teeth that don’t erupt in a normal way can damage other teeth, damage your jaw, create cavities, infect gum tissue or even cause sinus problems.
Q: Tooth extraction is not a big deal, so why are wisdom teeth any different?
A: Extracting wisdom teeth is more challenging than extracting other teeth for several reasons. First, wisdom teeth are located at the very back of the patient’s mouth, and they often come in at an angle. This means that wisdom teeth sometimes need to be divided into sections before they can be extracted. Wisdom teeth that have not fully erupted through the surface of the gum tissue will require that an incision be made in the gums in order to remove the tooth. Wisdom teeth often have multiple roots that are shaped in irregular ways that can be more complicated to remove. That’s why it requires special training on the part of the dentist to remove wisdom teeth.
Contact Our Office Today
If you believe that you may be experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth, contact our Austin office today. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Miller so you can learn more about wisdom teeth removal.