Everything You Need to Know About Your Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. While few people may have enough space in their jaw to accommodate these new teeth, most people don’t and need to have their wisdom teeth extracted.
If you’re one of the many people dealing with impacted wisdom teeth, discover how our oral surgeon in Lehigh Valley, PA, Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry, can help your smile. Our caring team has helped countless patients in Allentown, Fullerton, and Middletown reclaim their teeth through this pain-free procedure.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are a set of extra molars located at the back of the jaw and are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. Wisdom teeth often cause issues such as crowding and impaction since most people don’t have enough space in their jaw for them to emerge properly.
Impacted wisdom teeth can result in a host of complications, which is why oral surgeons typically recommend having them removed in your late teens or early twenties.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?
Wisdom teeth are often problematic because they don’t have enough room to emerge properly. This is because the human jaw has become smaller over time, making it difficult for these extra molars to find space to grow.
When wisdom teeth are impacted or fail to fully emerge in the gum line, they can lead to a range of oral health issues if left untreated, including:
- Changes in your bite’s alignment
- Higher risk of oral infections
- Pain and discomfort
- Crowding of surrounding teeth
- Cysts or tumors that can damage surrounding teeth, bones, or nerves
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Bad breath
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Pain or tenderness in your gums and jawbone
- Headaches and jaw aches
- Swelling and bleeding of the gums
- Swelling of the lymph nodes in your neck
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, call our Bethlehem office at 484-821-1357 or our Stroudsburg office at 484-821-1357 as soon as possible to receive care from our oral surgeon, Dr. Chaudhry.
Options for Wisdom Teeth Treatment
While not every patient will need their wisdom teeth extracted, it’s usually the best course of action to alleviate any pain or potential issues caused by these impacted molars. Our Lehigh Valley oral surgeon will evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw using CBCT scanning technology to determine if wisdom tooth extraction best suits your oral health needs. If Dr. Chaudhry determines you need an extraction, he’ll also go over your preference for sedation dentistry during your procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my wisdom teeth will grow correctly?
You can have an X-ray taken at your oral surgeon’s office to see how your wisdom teeth are positioned and whether or not they will be able to grow correctly. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually emerge in your late teens or early twenties. If you have enough space in your jaw, these teeth can grow properly, but this isn’t the case for some people.
Does everyone need their wisdom teeth removed?
No, not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. If you have enough space in your jaw, your wisdom teeth may grow and not cause any issues. However, if you don’t have enough space, your wisdom teeth can become impacted, which can lead to a range of oral health problems that can be prevented if you get them removed by an oral surgeon.
What are the risks of keeping impacted wisdom teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a range of oral health problems, including changes in bite alignment, oral infections, and the development of cysts or tumors. These problems can be serious and may require further treatment, so it’s important to have your wisdom teeth evaluated by your oral surgeon if you think they might be impacted.
Can wisdom teeth grow back after removal?
No, once wisdom teeth are removed, they cannot grow back. However, other teeth can shift into the gap left by the removed wisdom teeth, which can affect your bite and lead to further oral health problems. For this reason, it’s important to have a follow-up visit with your oral surgeon after wisdom teeth removal to ensure that your teeth are healing properly and that your bite is not affected.
Visit Our Skilled Oral Surgeon for Your Wisdom Teeth
If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, it’s crucial to get them examined by Dr. Chaudhry to find out if they’re impacted. If he determines that your wisdom teeth may lead to oral health issues, he can gently remove them and eliminate the problem before it begins.
Schedule your consultation by calling our Bethlehem office at 484-821-1357 or our Stroudsburg office at 484-821-1357. You can also book your appointment online by filling out our convenient contact form.
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