Discover wisdom tooth pain relief and the reasons for wisdom tooth removal in Merrillville, IN
With offices in Valparaiso and in Merrillville, IN, Stevenson, Fairchild, & Surber OMS offer treatment options for wisdom tooth pain relief. Wisdom tooth removal is a common oral surgery. It may be performed to prevent future issues or to address a current problem. Wisdom teeth can become impacted causing swelling, pain, or damage to the adjacent teeth. In many cases, removing the teeth helps protect the health of the oral cavity.
The purpose of wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars people may get. In most cases, they begin to appear or erupt between ages 18 and 25. Anthropologically, people may have had extra molars due to larger facial sizes. Without the tools and utensils we have today, the extra set of teeth would have helped break down starchy foods. Today, people have smaller faces and jaws and we no longer need the extra set of teeth for our lifestyles and modern diets.
However, with smaller jaw sizes there are changes in how, if, or when wisdom teeth erupt. Wisdom teeth develop with significant variance. Some patients are missing one, two, three or even all four of their wisdom teeth. Still, most individuals have their third molars which fail to erupt completely, with 80-85% causing some form of local disease requiring removal at some point in life.
Reasons for wisdom tooth removal
Choosing to remove the wisdom teeth is not a spur of the moment decision. It requires careful thought and consideration. The goal is to protect the health of the mouth. Young adults who go through wisdom tooth extraction may do it as part of a preventative plan. This helps to avoid future problems such as pain, cyst formation, difficult impaction, or damage to the surrounding teeth. Extracting teeth is not a decision that is taken lightly. X-rays track the development of wisdom teeth. If the x-rays show the potential for problems, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend removing this extra set of molars.
The most common reasons for wisdom tooth extraction include the following:
- Impacted wisdom teeth or the possibility of becoming impacted
- Damage to the adjacent teeth
- Localized cavities or gum disease
- Wisdom tooth pain
As the wisdom teeth begin to erupt, pain is a common sign of a problem. When the tooth does not have room to come in properly due to space or position, it is considered impacted. Without enough room, the surrounding teeth are affected. They may be twisted, displaced, or tilted. Patients may or may not even be aware there is a problem until a dentist discovers it on routine examination. However, left untreated, the tooth or gums can become infected, swollen, or painful. Additional symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth may include:
- Bleeding, swollen, or painful gums
- Swollen face or jaw
- Bad breath
- Jaw pain
Impacted wisdom teeth need to be treated. Otherwise, serious damage may occur. Wisdom teeth can push against the adjacent teeth to cause shifting or crowding. This can lead to infection, decay, and gum disease. In some cases, tumors or cysts may appear. Patients experiencing pain or symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth should seek advice from a dental professional.
By visiting the dentist regularly for exams and x-rays, potential problems such as impacted wisdom teeth can be prevented or addressed before they further escalate. Teens or young adults should have their wisdom teeth evaluated at routine dental appointments. This allows the dentist to assess and monitor the teeth. Removing wisdom teeth for a young adult minimizes the risks of future dental complications or risks associated with removal.
Dental x-rays show the location, position, and potential direction your teeth may take. Treatment options, including extraction, may be discussed. Using precise techniques, sedation, anesthesia, and a gentle touch, the teeth are removed quickly and painlessly. Our team performs wisdom tooth extraction at our on-site surgical facilities. The length of the recovery period varies from patient to patient, depending upon the difficulty of the extraction. Following your surgeon’s instructions helps ease your healing and improves your results.
Wisdom teeth removal is often a proactive way to improve the health of the mouth. To learn more about wisdom tooth pain relief, contact the team at Stevenson, Fairchild, & Surber OMS. Call the office at (219) 600-5797 in Merrillville, IN or (219) 307-4382 in Valparaiso, IN.Back to Wisdom Teeth Page