The ages of 17 to 21 are referred to as “The Age of Wisdom,” but some wisdom we accumulate during this growth spurt can be particularly troublesome if not handled correctly. The arrival of our third molars — commonly known as wisdom teeth because they come through later than our other adult teeth — is part of the normal progression our mouths go through during our lifetime.
Sometimes these late-bloomers announce themselves with little fanfare, but can often be a painfully unwanted addition to an already full set of teeth. At Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our oral surgeons have the expertise to determine the most prudent treatment for patients experiencing discomfort from their wisdom teeth.
What happens when there isn’t enough space for these wisdom teeth, or they break through in the wrong position? They may become impacted, meaning they’re trapped under the gums or jaw. This can lead to a spike in cavity-causing bacteria because of food buildup, and flossing can become difficult. Infections may occur, as well as pain and swelling of the jaw. This is unfortunately common: Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
An examination by our specially trained surgeons will determine whether these impacted molars require extraction due to the presence of gum disease, tooth decay, tumors, cysts, or because they’re damaging other teeth. Treatment for braces or other conditions may also necessitate their removal. And wisdom teeth that aren’t causing you any discomfort now still need to be monitored for problems that may rise to the surface later on.
At the office of [Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our oral surgeons will work with you to decide the best course of treatment for your wisdom teeth. If an extraction is recommended, be assured that our experienced staff uses state-of-the-art te
By Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
April 26, 2021