When your wisdom teeth don’t grow into your mouth properly, they can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Extracting these teeth will provide you with relief and help you get back to your day-to-day life.
If your wisdom teeth are left in place, they can cause a higher risk of oral infections, cause damage to the surrounding teeth, and lead to a lot of other complications. Extractions are the best way to deal with troublesome wisdom teeth.
The wisdom teeth may make it harder to clean your rear molars, which can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay, tooth infections, and gum infections.
The wisdom teeth are our third, final set of molars. They come in a lot later than the rest of the teeth. Your second set of adult molars will come out at about the age of 12, but wisdom teeth don’t usually come in until sometime between the ages of 17-25.
The wisdom teeth are a natural part of our mouths, and it’s important to note that if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing you any issues, you can leave them in place. Healthy wisdom teeth are not going to cause any oral health issues.
However, the problem is that many people simply don’t have room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth. Because of this, the wisdom teeth can shift the other teeth when they grow in, fail to emerge completely from the gums, and cause damage to other healthy teeth when they erupt.
So if your wisdom teeth are not erupting properly or there’s just not enough room for them, they may need to come out. Having your wisdom teeth removed at Vivid Smiles is the best way to preserve your oral health in this situation.
To begin the process, Dr. Sahai or Dr. Paruchuri will clean and numb your mouth. Sedation can also be administered, if necessary. Then, they will use special tools to loosen the tooth in its socket, weakening the ligament that holds it in place.
Once the tooth is loose, they will grab it with a pair of dental forceps and pull it out of your mouth. Then, the extraction site will be cleaned and sutured to ensure it heals properly. This process will be repeated for each tooth that requires extraction.
Only a dentist can tell you whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be pulled. But there are a few signs you can look out for, such as stiffness and pain in the rear of your mouth, swelling or discoloration of the gums near your rear teeth, swelling or stiffness in your jaw, or difficulty opening your mouth. You may also notice bad breath (halitosis) caused by bacteria buildup near the wisdom teeth.
If you notice one or more of these issues, contact Vivid Smiles right away for an appointment with Dr. Parachuri or Dr. Sahai. They will help you get the care you need in Terre Haute.
You should see one of our dentists at Vivid Smiles every six months for a cleaning and a checkup. Not only do regular checkups help us identify early stages of gum disease and tooth decay, but they also keep your smile healthy and clean. Some patients, such as those who suffer from gum disease or other oral health issues, may need to see Dr. Paruchuri and Dr. Philip more regularly to ensure that their teeth and gums stay healthy.
Your six-month exam is one of the most important steps in preserving and safeguarding your oral health. These appointments will usually take less than an hour, and will begin with one of our dental hygienists examining your teeth for signs of oral health issues. Plaque and tartar will be removed using specialized dental tools, and your teeth will be cleaned and polished with a special, high-powered toothbrush. One of our dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth for signs of oral health issues, and x-rays may be recommended, if necessary. After this, we will discuss any concerns with you and schedule your follow-up appointment.
Fluoride treatments can be used to reverse minor cases of tooth decay, also known as “soft spots.” These soft spots occur when enamel has been weakened, but the enamel has not yet been irreversibly damaged. Fluoride has the unique ability to remineralize and strengthen enamel. During this painless, non-invasive treatment, fluoride is painted directly onto weakened teeth and left in place to help start the remineralization process.
Dental sealants use a special type of plastic dental resin that is applied to your rear teeth. This resin creates a hard, plastic barrier that covers up your enamel and prevents acid, oral bacteria, and food particles from directly contacting your teeth. In turn, this prevents cavities from forming in your rear molars, which are typically teeth that are at high risk of decay. Sealants are easy to apply and can protect your teeth for up to 10 years or longer.