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Can You Live with Your Wisdom Teeth?
Johns Creek/Cumming, GA

young woman smiling and living with wisdom teethYour wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the very last of your adult teeth to come in. These teeth typically erupt in your late teens to early 20s. These teeth are the most likely to become impacted, a condition in which they are unable to erupt properly through the gums. While this issue affects many people, it does not affect everyone. Not everyone needs a wisdom tooth extraction. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can help to determine if it is possible to keep your wisdom teeth.

What Causes the Wisdom Teeth to Become Impacted?


There are a few different causes of impacted wisdom teeth. These include:
•  Not having enough space in your jaw to accommodate all of your teeth.
•  Blockages of soft tissue or bone, which are preventing the teeth from erupting properly.
•  The wisdom teeth are growing at an angle or completely sideways.


What Issues Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause?


When your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may be faced with several issues. Common effects of impacted wisdom teeth include:
•  Overcrowding. If you do not have enough space in your jaw, your erupting wisdom teeth can force the adjacent teeth out of alignment. This puts pressure on the teeth next to them and so on, leading to overcrowding. With your teeth out of alignment, you are faced with issues such as an increased risk for cavities, gum disease, and tooth damage, as well as bruxism and TMJ disorder. Overcrowding also can affect your smile.
•  Localized infections. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are more difficult to keep clean. This increases your risk for developing localized infections, also called pericornitis.
•  Cysts. Your wisdom teeth can develop small sacs. If fluid gets into them, cysts can form. Cysts grow larger over time and can damage your jawbone. If too much bone mass is damaged, a bone graft may be needed.
•  Damage to other teeth. Wisdom teeth that are growing sideways toward your other teeth may eventually make contact. As they grow into the sides of your adjacent teeth, they can cause damage.

When your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may experience several symptoms. These include pain at the back of your mouth, swelling, and difficulty eating. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment right away. The best solution for dealing with impacted wisdom teeth is to extract them. This involves a surgical procedure. Extracting impacted wisdom teeth helps to alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life.

Can I Live with My Wisdom Teeth?


While many people experience complications with their wisdom teeth, there are some people who never experience any issues. If you do not experience any pain, they are not damaging your adjacent teeth, they are not causing overcrowding, or causing any other issues, it is entirely possible to live with your wisdom teeth. Taking care of your mouth and having routine dental cleanings and exams will help to ensure that all of your teeth, including your wisdom teeth, remain healthy.

If your wisdom teeth are not causing complications, it is possible to live with them. However, if they are causing you pain or other issues, extractions become necessary. For more information, call North Atlanta Family Dentistry at (470) 387-0500 today.

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