Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. They usually develop in late adolescence to early adulthood. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often don’t develop properly and can cause discomfort and other problems.
Chances are good that you already know someone who has had their wisdom teeth out. This procedure is fairly routine, and you can rest assured that Dr. Schulte has a great deal of skill when it comes to comfortably removing wisdom teeth in Saint Paul!
Your comfort is important to us, and we’ll take the time to make sure that you are numb and ready to go before we begin. We’ll also provide you with all the information you need to make sure you heal well in the days following. Most people are able to return to work the next day following wisdom tooth removal!
So why might we tell you that you should have your wisdom teeth removed?
1. The teeth are impacted.
Impacted teeth are teeth that are either fully or partially covered by gum tissue. In other words, they haven’t fully erupted.
This poses a few problems:
- If the teeth are fully impacted, they can develop decay beneath the surface of the gums.
- If the teeth are partially impacted, the opening in the gums provides an entryway for bacteria, which can lead to infection.
- Impacted teeth often press on the other teeth, leading to discomfort and changes in your bite.
2. Your mouth is too small.
Wisdom teeth are a bit of an evolutionary throwback. At one time, wisdom teeth, combined with larger jaws and more powerful muscles, helped us chew tough foods so we could survive. Our diets have changed, however, and our jaws do not develop as much as they used to.
This means that by the time wisdom teeth come in, there simply might not be enough room in your mouth. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth press against the other teeth, causing them to crowd and shift. This can lead to crooked teeth and changes in the way your bite comes together, which can set off a chain reaction of all kinds of related problems.
3. You can’t keep your wisdom teeth clean.
Even if your wisdom teeth erupt without any problem, it might be wise to remove them. Because of their location, wisdom teeth are notoriously difficult to keep clean. If you have a strong gag reflex, you might struggle to get your toothbrush in place to appropriately clean these teeth, and you might not be able to reach behind them with floss. This sets the stage for decay and gum disease.
Contact Our Highland Park Dental Clinic
As your wisdom teeth erupt, we will watch them carefully. If we see any concerning developments, we’ll let you know and provide you with all your options. If you are already experiencing discomfort or other changes that could be due to wisdom teeth, please call our St. Paul dental office at (651) 698-0848 to schedule an evaluation.