The third molars are, as suggested by the name, the third, and final set of molars that come in. They’re positioned in the very back of the mouth and usually appear between 17-21 years of age.
Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems as they develop, including excessive decay, infection, and impaction into the bone. These teeth are hard to keep clean. Since the roots of the lower third molars can continue to develop and grow, they can eventually threaten the nerve that runs along the lower part of the jaw.
They sometimes come in crooked and angle toward or away from your other teeth, which can cause your bite to become misaligned.
If you’ve gone through orthodontic treatment, you may not have enough room in your mouth to accommodate these additional teeth. The eruption of wisdom teeth can threaten both your bite and any orthodontic corrections you’ve had.
The way the doctor extracts your wisdom teeth depends on your teeth’s stage of development. If they’ve erupted, you may undergo an extraction that’s similar to that done on any other tooth. If they’re impacted, you’ll need minor surgery that requires an incision into the gums and removal of the bone that lies over the tooth.
You’ll be in the comfort of the offices of Summit Dental Group and surrounded by a staff that’s caring, compassionate, and familiar.
After your extraction procedure, the staff will give you easy-to-follow instructions to care for yourself at home while your mouth heals. You may have some bleeding for several hours, and most likely some swelling. Summit Dental Group may recommend using over-the-counter anti-inflammatories for pain relief and may prescribe antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection.
After the first 24 hours, you can gently brush your front teeth and rinse your whole mouth with a salt-water solution. You’ll be restricted to a soft diet for several days, or weeks, while you heal.