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Wisdom teeth are molars that most people will grow in their teens or early twenties. It is the third and final set of molars that humans grow. Wisdom teeth can be a valuable addition to your mouth if they are aligned properly with the rest of the teeth.
Most wisdom teeth grow horizontal or within the soft tissue, which makes them harmful to other teeth, jawline and nerves. In some cases, there is a partial eruption of the wisdom tooth that makes sits susceptible to infections and bacteria. The awkward positioning of the partially erupted teeth makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and other gum diseases as the bristles of the toothbrush or floss do not reach them.
Most people get their wisdom teeth removed as soon as they come out. The paranoia surrounding wisdom teeth is that even if it is not painful it will eventually damage the gums and roots of other teeth and so should be removed.
However, it is important to understand that it is not always necessary to get the wisdom tooth removed. A check-up with your dentist will provide you with the exact position your tooth is in. If your mouth has enough space to facilitate the growth of the third molar and it is aligned properly with the rest of the teeth then there is no need for its removal. Make sure that there are no partial eruptions or growth at an awkward angle. Some dentists advise the removal of wisdom teeth for preventative measures.
Here are a few conditions in which it is absolutely necessary to get the wisdom tooth removed:
When suffering from sinuses any excessive pressure to the nerves causes severe issues. If the wisdom teeth affect the nerve endings in your mouth, you have no choice but to have them removed, especially if you suffer from constant sinus complications.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth or the ones growing underneath the soft tissue can lead to swollen and infected gums, get an x-ray of your teeth and get the teeth removed.
Wisdom teeth generally grow in awkward positions that can affect the health of your gums and cause damage to the nerves in the jawline. If the tooth is growing in opposite direction to the teeth, it needs to be removed. Some wisdom teeth push other teeth and misalign them too, in some cases you might need aligning after the wisdom tooth has been removed.
Sometimes wisdom teeth are unable to fully grow out of the skin like other teeth, this may be due to less space in the mouth. Teeth that are horizontal with one end sticking out of the skin or partially above the gums, can contract infections easily causing swelling, bleeding and inflammation. It is better to get it removed before they get infected.
In some cases, cysts form around the new teeth leading to damaged nerves in the jaw area. They can also hollow out the jaw, which makes the area susceptible to bacteria accumulation and infection
In most cases, removal of the wisdom tooth is your best bet. Get a thorough examination from your dentist to determine the condition of the tooth. Don’t wait any longer and contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best Orthodontist in New York!
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Modern dentistry, like every other profession has acquired many specializations. Orthodontics is one of them. The focus of this branch of dentistry is on correcting the position and alignment of your teeth and jaws. Teeth that do not fit together properly or have crooked shape are at a greater risk of being lost. They are difficult to clean resulting in compromised oral health. Crooked and improperly positioned teeth can affect the way the jaw lines up which in turn results in compromised chewing along with added stress to the facial muscles. So, how do you know it’s time to visit an orthodontist? Below are a few problems for which you need to see an orthodontist.
Sometimes your upper and lower teeth do not align properly which results in a misaligned jaw. The difference types of jaw misalignment including underbite and overbite. If this condition gets serious, it can cause problems in eating, chewing, breathing, sleeping and speech, in addition to pain. Misaligned jaws in children might invite teasing from their peers. A mismatched bite is called “malocclusion” by dentists and orthodontists. The treatment depends on the severity of the case, and can include surgery, cosmetic dentistry, or basic orthodontic work.
Crooked teeth can cause troubles in many ways, from making chewing difficult to making a person feel embarrassed while smiling. Habits such as thumb sucking can also result in this condition of the teeth. Crooked teeth that are not damaged can be straightened at any age by applying braces. As a part of the process some of the crowded teeth are surgically removed to make space for the better positioning of the teeth. If the process is done before the patient reaches puberty, it is possible to use other procedures such as a palatal expander that gives space to the erupting teeth.
Impacted teeth occur when a tooth cannot erupt out of the gum, and instead becomes causes pain. The problem can continue throughout the individual’s lifetime unless extracted or surgically exposed. Wisdom teeth are the most frequently impacted teeth, since they are the last ones in the oral cavity. Impaction can cause a number of complications. Sometimes the soft tissue that covers the crown of an impacted tooth gets infected by microbes of the oral cavity. In the mildest form it causes discomfort, redness, and swelling whereas in severe forms the swelling is slightly larger which might cause difficulty when the patient tries to open the mouth.
Orthodontists treat all impacted teeth, unless otherwise contraindicated, with surgical or simple extraction, depending upon the location of the teeth. Orthodontic problems can affect anyone at any time. Parents should be aware of what dental problem their children have because dental issues should be addressed as early as possible. Problems that persist can cause severe damage to your teeth and gums. Parents should keep in mind that dental or any bone related issues are best treated at a young age.
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