Restorative dental treatments such as composite fillings, dental crowns, and root canal therapy have made it possible to mitigate damage caused by infection without having to resort to dental extraction. Indeed, nobody wants to lose a natural tooth if it can be helped, but bear in mind that sometimes, your oral structures may have a completely different idea. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist takes a look at the way your wisdom teeth can influence your oral health, and why sometimes, extraction is your best option.
Understanding the Process
As an adult, you are now familiar with the smile development process. It begins when your first few teeth make their appearance prior to your first birthday, and continues when these initial structures fall out to make room for your permanent adult teeth around the time of early elementary school. As a matter of fact, you have the majority of your adult teeth by the time you are twelve years old!
Your smile journey does not end there, however, as your wisdom teeth are actually the final structures to make their appearance. These are the structures that develop at the end of either row of teeth with two developing at the top and two at the bottom. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth have a higher chance of developing incorrectly compared to your neighboring structures.
Indeed, these structures can fail to erupt, erupt incorrectly, and lead to significant infection and structural complications. In the event this occurs, your dentist may recommend extraction to prioritize your smile’s health overall. To learn more about this process and how our team can help you, give us a call today.
Impacts of Improper Development
When a tooth comes in at a suboptimal angle, it can actually push into your other teeth and cause structural shifting. This contributes to an uneven smile, as well as a loss of structural stability. Additionally, structures that fail to erupt properly can actually create a passageway for harmful oral bacteria to enter and wreak havoc below the gum line. This can cause periodontal infections such as gum disease, and can even make oral function more difficult or painful.
Although losing a natural tooth is often met with concern, you need not fret. Wisdom teeth are actually not integral to a proper bite, so removing them does not harm your smile.
What are Your Options?
Although incorrect eruptions can cause more problems than they are worth, sometimes wisdom teeth may develop properly and cause no complications. In cases such as these, your dentist would likely report no need for an extraction, so it is best to consult with our team prior to treatment.
Schedule Your Visit Today
To learn more about the influence your wisdom teeth have on your oral health, contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117 and schedule your next appointment with our team today.