At Radiant Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Pineville, we strive to protect your oral health. While the goal is always to save your natural teeth, there are times when that is not possible. If necessary to maintain your oral and overall health, teeth extractions may be recommended. For example, if a tooth is severely damaged, decayed, or infected, it may be necessary to remove the tooth.
Our team performs many extractions in our Pineville office saving patients the need for specialist care. This includes wisdom teeth extractions. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of teeth that we get. Some people never get them. Some get two wisdom teeth; others get all four teeth. In rare cases, the teeth erupt without problems. Unfortunately, most often there is not enough space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to come in which creates problems such as crowding or impacted wisdom teeth.
Choosing wisdom tooth removal services is not a spur of the moment decision. It requires careful thought and consideration. For teenagers or young adults, extractions may be done preventatively. By removing the teeth early, problems such as pain, cyst formation, or impacted teeth never have a chance to start. X-rays help monitor wisdom teeth development.
The most common reasons for wisdom teeth extractions include:
If the wisdom teeth begin to erupt, the most common sign of a problem is pain. A tooth that does not have the space to come in correctly is considered impacted. Without enough room, the adjacent teeth may become tilted, twisted, or displaced. This can also lead to tooth infections, swelling, and pain. Additional symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
Impacted wisdom teeth should not be taken lightly. The teeth need to be extracted to prevent further damage to your oral health.