Wisdom Teeth

Washington DC dentists for wisdom teeth extraction

Wisdom teeth are the most problematic teeth we have. They are the third and final set of molars, the teeth in the back of the mouth, to come in. Usually people get their wisdom teeth when they are in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth often are not positioned properly and ultimately need to be removed.

If your wisdom teeth are properly aligned and healthy, removal may not be necessary, but sometimes removal is recommended before problems start to prevent problems in the future. Some of the things that can be wrong with wisdom teeth include being positioned horizontally, being angled toward or away from the second molars, or not being fully erupted. When wisdom teeth don’t fully erupt, this means that they are trapped within the jawbone and don’t break through the gums at all or don’t break through completely. These are impacted wisdom teeth, and they can cause pain. When the teeth are partially erupted, an opening is created that allows bacteria to get through.

Wisdom teeth extraction is a normal tooth extraction procedure when the wisdom teeth are fully erupted. When they are only partially erupted or completely trapped under the gums, the extraction is a minor surgical procedure. This can be done under a general anesthetic, or a combination of local and general anesthesia.

The decision of whether or not to remove your wisdom teeth is ultimately yours. If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, you can contact our office for an appointment to discuss your situation. Wisdom teeth extraction is generally easier if it’s done earlier, before the roots are fully formed. This is why sometimes removal is recommended before the teeth have started to cause problems, but if your wisdom teeth are properly aligned and healthy, you may choose to keep them. Our dentist can guide you by examining your teeth and mouth and considering your health history to help you decide.