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Wisdom Teeth
X-ray highlighting wisdom teeth from Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group in Silver Spring, MDWisdom teeth are the largest and last set of adult teeth to develop in your mouth. They usually come out between the ages of 17 and 25. However, not everyone will have a complete set and about 35% of human beings are not born with wisdom teeth at all. Wisdom teeth can help you chew even better, but in many cases, they can result in pain and other health issues. If this is the case with you, your doctor at Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group recommend it is best to remove your wisdom teeth.

What Kind of Problems are Associated With Wisdom Teeth?


Some people have wisdom teeth that emerge without any issues and line up neatly behind the second set of molars. However, there are many cases where the wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems. These include:
•  Impacted teeth: Wisdom teeth can erupt tilted towards the second molar or the back of the mouth. They may also grow at a right angle as if they are lying down in the jawbone. Sometimes, they may grow in a straight position but fail to erupt outside, remaining trapped in the jaw.
•  Damage to neighboring teeth: If the wisdom tooth leans against the second molar while coming out, it may damage the root of that molar or cause it to shift out of alignment. This can result in overcrowding and may require orthodontic treatment.
•  Cysts: The wisdom tooth develops in a sac inside the jawbone. Sometimes, this sack can fill with fluid and form a cyst that can damage your other teeth, nerves, and jawbone. It can also turn into a benign tumor. In this case, the removal of the wisdom tooth and the infected tissues is recommended.
•  Decay: Impacted teeth are at a high-risk of tooth decay, more so than any other teeth. That is because they are harder to clean and food debris can easily get trapped between the gums and the wisdom tooth.
•  Pericoronitis: Wisdom teeth can also suffer from a painful condition called pericoronitis. This condition develops due to the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the impacted tooth.

Many of the treatments of these conditions involve the removal of the wisdom tooth and the use of antibacterial medication and mouthrinses.

How is a Wisdom Tooth Removed?


In most cases, if a wisdom tooth has developed complications, we will remove it, typically through a surgical extraction procedure. This is a simple, outpatient treatment that is painless and has a very short recovery period.

We will give you local anesthesia to numb the surrounding area of your tooth. In some cases, we may also administer some form of sedation to calm your anxiety. Most of the time, wisdom teeth are impacted which necessitates removing them surgically. This involves making a small incision in the gum and removing some of the surrounding bone structure to expose the tooth. The tooth is then typically cut into smaller pieces so it can be extracted easily. During the process, you should feel pressure as we dislodge the tooth, but no pain. Wisdom tooth extraction can take about 20 minutes and, in some cases, even more. Once the tooth is removed and the numbness wears off, you will experience some pain and inflammation on the site of the extraction and the side of your face. However, the discomfort should disappear entirely in about a week or two.

We may also recommend you over-the-counter prescription medication and some home remedies to manage the pain and ensure your surgical site heals quickly. If your wisdom tooth is not causing you any pain or discomfort, they should still be monitored closely for any developing issues like cavities. Be sure to take good care of your wisdom teeth and keep your routine dental exams with us. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (301) 585-0400 today.
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Sometimes wisdom teeth can result in pain and other health issues. If this is the case with you, Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group is here to help you.
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