Posts for tag: Wisdom Teeth
When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.
“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”
The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”
A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.
It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.
So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups are important steps for keeping your natural teeth healthy so you can preserve them for as long as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to extract a tooth, though. In such cases, extraction is performed to maintain or improve your overall oral health. For example, extracting a severely infected tooth prevents the infection from spreading to other teeth. At Proven Dental, Dr. James Murphy is your dentist in Waukesha, WI for tooth extractions.
Reasons for Extraction
There are several situations when extraction of a tooth is the best option. One situation that calls for extraction is a severely infected tooth. A primary reason for extracting an infected tooth is to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth so additional teeth do not become infected and also require extraction. Your Waukesha, WI, dentist can advise you if extraction would be beneficial in your case. Other situations that often call for extraction include:
- Severely infected teeth
- Teeth damaged by injury or trauma
- Impacted wisdom teeth that will not fully erupt
- Overcrowded teeth with insufficient space
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out by the normal age
Several steps are involved in the procedure for extracting a tooth. An x-ray is usually taken prior to beginning the procedure so the dentist can examine the positioning of the tooth’s root and make the appropriate adjustments if it is oddly positioned. Local anesthesia will then be applied to the extraction site to numb the area. A sedative might also be administered, which helps patients relax during the procedure. Finally, the problem tooth will be extracted.
Tooth extraction can be required when a tooth has been extensively damaged or infected. Extraction can also be necessary when in cases of overcrowding. To find out if you need a tooth extracted, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy, your dentist in Waukesha, WI, by calling Proven Dental at (262) 650-3000.