Wisdom Teeth are the third and final set in the series of molars that one receives sometime between the late teens and early twenties. When these teeth are healthy, and in proper alignment, they can be very beneficial to your dental health and well being. However, most often this is not the case, and they require prompt removal.
The misalignment of wisdom teeth can appear in multiple ways. For example, the teeth can be positioned horizontally, inward, or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can negatively impact other teeth in your mouth, as well as your jawbone, or surrounding nerves. The level of severity and complication involved with your wisdom teeth depends on their positioning in your mouth, as well as the way they interact with the other structures within the mouth.
Wisdom teeth can also become impacted. This occurs when the tooth cannot break through the soft tissue, or only comes through partially. The partial eruption of this tooth creates an opening for bacteria to enter, and infection to occur. This leads to serious pain, swelling, and jaw stiffness. Impacted wisdom teeth are also prone to tooth decay and gum disease, due to their hard to reach location affecting their cleaning.
Your dentist through x-rays, and then additional evaluation by an oral surgeon diagnoses wisdom teeth. Your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend removing your wisdom teeth before problems occur, to avoid serious pain or complications in the future.
If you are experiencing trouble with wisdom teeth, it is in your best interest to find yourself an experienced dentist whom you can trust and rely on to get you back to proper dental health. For this, of Dr. Aki Shirakura, where cares about the health and well being of your smile.