Wisdom teeth are usually the very last teeth to grow into the jaw. They’re located way in the back, which can present problems for some people. We handle a lot of wisdom teeth cases at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX.
Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth usually come in between the late teens and early twenties. Sometimes they grow in straight and healthy, but unfortunately that is in a small percentage of people. Most have them extracted because they can be troublesome. The younger you are when you have them pulled, the better.
There are several common issues with wisdom teeth.
- Angling: Wisdom teeth often grow in at an angle, so that they lean too far inward or outward.
- Positioning: They can grow in too horizontally in the tooth socket, instead of vertically.
- Impacted: Sometimes wisdom teeth grow into the gums or the jawbone. This is known as an impacted tooth. They can become infected and be extremely painful.
We can X-ray the jaws of our younger patients to see how their wisdom teeth are coming along. When we see they are going to be a problem we usually recommend extracting them.
When wisdom teeth are extracted at a young age, the recovery time is faster and the procedure itself is usually much easier. Wisdom teeth extraction is common at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, and we have pulled them in patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein. People also come to see us for restorative dentistry. Contact us today!