It is not uncommon for a patient to need to have one or more of their wisdom teeth extracted. Here at Williams Lake Smiles, we prefer to remove our patients’ wisdom teeth as early as possible in order to prevent any potential problems from arising due to these teeth. Most importantly, we want to get to these teeth before they can become impacted. Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to emerge from your gums. While this problem can happen to any of your teeth growing up, it occurs much more commonly with wisdom teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar can extract your wisdom teeth before they have the chance to become impacted. We encourage our Williams Lake, BC area patients to read on to learn more about impacted teeth and how to recognize them.
As we grow from childhood, our teeth pass through our gums, becoming usable for chewing. This process ends with our wisdom teeth, which appear around the ages of 17 and 21. However, if a tooth fails to emerge or only emerges partially, it is considered “impacted”. While any of your teeth can become impacted, it is far more common for wisdom teeth.
There are many potential reasons for why your wisdom teeth can fail to emerge from your gums, becoming stuck in your gum or bone tissue. The most common reason is that there simply isn’t enough room in your jaw for more teeth to emerge. Often times, our jaws are simply too small to fit more teeth. These teeth can also become twisted or displaced, preventing them from properly coming in.
Often times, the wisdom teeth simply sit in your jaw, never emerging but also not causing any pain or discomfort. However, it is believed that these teeth place pressure on your other teeth, which can cause your bite to become misaligned. Should your wisdom teeth become partially emerged, they can attract bacteria, which can result in an infection of your gums.
There are many potential symptoms you may experience due to impacted wisdom teeth. These symptoms include:
Should you experience a combination of these symptoms, you will want to speak with your dentist as soon as possible.
Are you currently experiencing symptoms related to impacted wisdom teeth? Well, we are happy to say that there is no reason to put up with any discomfort or pain associated with this condition. By performing a wisdom tooth extraction, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar can have you smiling once again in no time. If you would like to learn more about the symptoms of wisdom teeth impaction and how this procedure can help, please contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation today.
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