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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Dentist in Sandy

Providing gentle wisdom tooth extractions in Sandy, Utah

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Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. In Sandy, wisdom teeth can grow in normally and become a healthy addition to your mouth; but more often than not there is insufficient room for them, causing them to grow in misaligned, which can cause serious pain and discomfort. For most of our Sandy Utah patients, wisdom teeth extraction becomes necessary.

Misaligned wisdom teeth

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Wisdom teeth present many potential problems when they are misaligned. They can position themselves horizontally by as much as 90 degrees, they can be angled toward or away from the second molars, or they can be angled inward or outward. Misaligned wisdom teeth commonly crowd and even damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Wisdom teeth that lean toward the second molars make those teeth more vulnerable to decay by entrapping plaque and debris. In worse cases, wisdom teeth can become entrapped entirely within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone. Or, sometimes, they only partially break through or erupt through the gum.

Wisdom teeth that remain partially or completely entrapped within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone become what we refer to as "impacted." Wisdom teeth that only partially erupt allow for an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection, which results in pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness. Partially erupted teeth are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease because their hard-to-reach location and awkward positioning makes brushing and flossing difficult.

How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in your mouth. You should ask your dentist to examine the positioning of your wisdom teeth. An X-ray will help to determine the presence of wisdom teeth and their alignment in your mouth.

For people who are planning to be away from home for an extended period, such college or a mission, it is usually advisable to have your wisdom teeth examined before you leave. A dentist who has expertise in wisdom teeth can recommend whether your wisdom teeth should be extracted before problems develop. This is often done to avoid a more painful or more complicated extraction that might have to be done later and under circumstances where dental care is less available and advanced. Extracting wisdom teeth in young people is easier when the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. Mid to late teen years is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed.

If you are concerned about your or your son or daughter's wisdom teeth in Sandy, Utah, please contact Easton Dental Care for a gentle consultation.

Call us at (801) 997-6190