In most cases, dentists try to save a tooth because they are important to your smile’s form and function. But on occasion, a dentist might recommend extracting a tooth. When there is overcrowding in the mouth and prior to wearing orthodontics, one or more teeth might need to be pulled to make enough space for the teeth to shift properly. Wisdom teeth are often unnecessary and they cause spacing issues along with cavities because they are hard to reach and clean, located as they are in the back of the mouth.
Dr. Paresh B. Patel may recommend removing wisdom teeth, or the third molars as they are also called when necessary. Wisdom teeth are usually the last of your teeth to come through. The problem is, by that time, you may not have optimal spacing left to let them grow in properly. Without that room, they often become impacted. Wisdom tooth impaction is where the tooth struggles to break through your gums and jawbone as it comes in, making it erupt crookedly.
This can cause further problems, including:
-Disrupting the tooth’s alignment or ongoing orthodontic treatment
-Harming the surrounding teeth
-Leading to cavities
-Causing inflammation, irritation and infection in the gum tissues
-Leading to cyst formation
-Harming the jawbone material
If you or a family member are suffering from any of the above, the next step our dentist may advise is to remove those wisdom teeth. This will help maintain the alignment of your teeth and the health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Patel will examine your smile and assess the position of your wisdom teeth and surrounding teeth. This can show him whether is better to remove your wisdom teeth versus leaving them in.
The good news is, tooth extractions can be done with minimal discomfort in this modern age. If you or a family member need a wisdom tooth extraction in Frisco, Texas, our Family Dentistry of Frisco is ready to help. Please call (469) 362-3150 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paresh B. Patel, and keep your smile healthy and strong!