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Dental Arts of Frederick

Wisdom Teeth and Extractions
Frederick, MD


Adults develop a total of 32 teeth. Most of these adult teeth erupt by around the age of 13. The last 4, however, do not appear until your late teens to early 20s. These teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted, a condition in which they cannot fully erupt through the gums, or even erupt at all. When your wisdom teeth are impacted, it can lead to serious pain, and can also compromise your oral health. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we can provide treatment for impacted wisdom teeth with extractions.

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?


Long ago, the wisdom teeth were quite important. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors relied on wisdom teeth to help break down coarse and rough foods. The human jaw was also much larger at the time, and able to more easily accommodate the last 4 teeth. Following the invention of cooking, foods were made softer and much easier to chew. The wisdom teeth became obsolete. Over time, the jaw began to shrink, yet the wisdom teeth continue to develop.

What Causes the Wisdom Teeth to Become Impacted?


There are several issues that can cause impacted wisdom teeth.
•  You do not have enough space in your jaw.
•  Bone or soft tissue is blocking your wisdom teeth, preventing them from erupting.
•  Your wisdom teeth are growing at an angle or completely sideways.

Effects of Impacted Wisdom Teeth


When your wisdom teeth are impacted, it can lead to several issues. Effects of impacted wisdom teeth include:
•  Overcrowding. When your wisdom teeth are attempting to erupt without enough space, they can begin to push your other teeth out of alignment, leading to overcrowding.
•  Localized infections. Wisdom teeth that only partially erupt can be difficult to thoroughly clean. This can lead to an accumulation of bacteria that can then lead to an infection called pericornitis.
•  Cysts. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that often form as a result of an infection. They can also occur as a result of impacted teeth. Without treatment, cysts only grow larger in size and can lead to bone loss.
•  Damage to adjacent teeth. Teeth that are growing at an angle, or growing sideways, can come into contact with the adjacent teeth. This can lead to damage below the gum line.

Extracting Your Wisdom Teeth


When wisdom teeth are impacted, the best way to treat them is by extraction. There are two types of extractions, simple and surgical. Wisdom teeth are generally removed with a surgical extraction. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. We begin with small incisions in your gums, which expose the roots of the wisdom teeth and the surrounding jawbone. Next, we work to remove the impacted wisdom teeth. This may require that we remove a portion of bone or soft tissue blocking the teeth. We may also need to section the tooth and remove it in pieces. Once the teeth have been completely removed, we then clean the empty sockets and suture the surgical wounds closed. Wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced.

By extracting your wisdom teeth, we can help to alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life. Call Dental Arts of Frederick today at 301-732-7277 to schedule your appointment.

Hours


Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Providing prosthodontic and dental care in Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington DC.

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