Experiencing pain or discomfort in wisdom teeth is a common dental problem. An impacted wisdom tooth may cause infection, redness, and swelling, which can constrain oral functionality. By performing an oral examination, we can check the position of the teeth and evaluate the potential problems.
Detecting problems relating to wisdom teeth can prevent complexity, and dental procedures can deliver better results. Oral examination for wisdom teeth is generally recommended at the age of 12-15.
In cases where extraction is required, surgery is performed by licensed, trained professionals. All extraction procedures require local anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort.
Why Is Extraction required?
If there is not enough space in your jaw to allow complete eruption, wisdom tooth or third molars can cause various dental problems. It is recommended to remove the third molar before fully developing the root structure. Wisdom teeth may appear between the age of twelve and early twenties.
Over time, impacted wisdom teeth can cause various problems, including:
If you have a small jaw, your wisdom teeth may cause crowding and overlapping teeth. Crowding is most noticeable on the lower front teeth, and the person may require braces to fix this problem. Your Kane and Kerper oral surgeon may even recommend a tooth extraction to prevent damage from occurring to your jawbone, gums, and teeth.
Disrupt Adjacent Gums and Teeth
Insufficient room for wisdom teeth can cause the adjacent teeth and gums to swell. Infection, gum disease, and tooth decay are common when impacted wisdom teeth. So, extraction becomes necessary to prevent damage to other molars.
What If You Don’t Want to Undergo a Tooth Extraction?
It is generally recommended to extract wisdom teeth before the root structure is fully formed. This is done to avoid complications. For example, the jawbone under fully formed wisdom teeth becomes denser as we age, so delaying extraction can increase the risk of complications and diseases. The post-operative healing period is also delayed, resulting in problems with chewing and speaking.
Wisdom tooth treatment at a young age allows fast recovery and fewer complications. In the later thirties or forties, the healing process takes time, increasing the risk of infections. If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed in your early years, don’t get an extraction unless a problem occurs.
Insurance Coverage and Cost of Wisdom Tooth Removal
The treatment cost depends on various factors, including the intensity of treatment and the type of sedation or anesthesia used. We will take X-rays to evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth and determine which anesthesia will work best for you.
All insurance companies are different when it comes to policies about surgical procedures. Our staff will look into your insurance coverage and guide you about the cost of the treatment.
If you have any questions before or after your consultation, feel free to get in touch with Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard for more details.