Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars and are the last to come in, usually in the later teenage years or early twenties.  Much too often, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow in correctly and become impacted.  Wisdom teeth can actually cause damage to other teeth because they grow in differently.  They can make it hard to brush and floss properly, plus they very often do not grow in straight.   Regular dental visits with Dr. Hakimzadeh in Phoenix, Arizona can help you to avoid problems, but you may require an extra visit if the teeth are causing you pain.

How Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted

Wisdom teeth sometimes grow in directions completely different from the other teeth.  They can grow to the left or right, push against other teeth, or even grow horizontally.  X-rays will tell if they will be likely to cause trouble in the future.  If the dentist believes that it is necessary to remove them, it is best that it happen as soon as possible so that the problems they might cause can be avoided.  Even when wisdom teeth grow in correctly, there is often a flap of gum over the tooth that makes proper brushing and flossing difficult.  Because the gum can trap particles of food, some people end up with painful infection, swelling, and illness.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

The development of the teeth and their position determine whether or not it will be difficult to remove them.  A wisdom tooth that has grown out like a normal tooth is extracted just as easily as other teeth, but a tooth that is still under the gums requires an incision.  Dr. Hakimzadeh will tell you what will happen if an exam shows that you need them to be removed.  Extraction is easier when done with younger people because the roots are not fully developed; waiting for years to have the procedure done just causes problems in the meantime, and recovery time is longer if you wait.

If you believe that you are having trouble with your wisdom teeth, contact Dr. Hakimzadeh in Phoenix, Arizona to set up an appointment.  Don’t wait, especially if you are experiencing pain, swelling, or stiffness in your jaw.  These are warning signs that need to be addressed quickly.