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Published: August 29, 2017

When Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

Have your wisdom teeth started to come in? If so, you may be wondering if they have to come out.

As an older teen, you may start to notice some subtle changes in your smile. After all, your last set of molars is probably starting to emerge. Of course, most people you know probably have needed to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Will you also need to have yours removed? Why do so many people need to have wisdom teeth removed? Philadelphia Square Dental Care in Chico, CA is here to answer all of your questions.

If we discover that your wisdom teeth are erupting in the proper position then you may not even need to have these teeth removed. Of course, in many instances, these teeth are not properly aligned and can cause some potentially serious problems for your smile if not removed. Impacted wisdom teeth are a common occurrence, meaning that the teeth never fully erupt through the gums. This leaves a rather large opening in the gums where food and bacteria can get trapped, leading to issues such as decay or an infection.

Plus, if wisdom teeth come in misaligned they can put too much pressure on neighboring teeth and lead to crowding or damage to other teeth. More serious complications include the development of a cyst that could that lead to long-term damage to the bones, teeth, and nerves.

While some people may experience pain as a result of their wisdom teeth, this isn’t always a symptom that everyone experiences. In fact, you may not even know that you have an issue until you visit our Chico general dentist. Through a series of X-rays, we can check to see what kind of issues your wisdom teeth are causing (or could cause) and whether or not they need to be removed.

Wisdom teeth are removed in one of two ways: through a simple extraction or through surgery. If the teeth have fully erupted through the gums then it is easier to extract these teeth. Of course, if teeth are impacted this will require minor surgery to open up the gum tissue, remove the bone that is covering the wisdom teeth and then to remove the wisdom tooth. Removing your wisdom teeth as soon as possible could be most beneficial to your oral health in the long run.

If you need to have your wisdom teeth evaluated then it’s time you turned to Philadelphia Square Dental Care in Chico, CA, to schedule your consultation. Call us today!

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