Evolution isn’t always tidy and linear. For example, we have smaller jaws than our ancestors thousands of years ago, but our bodies haven’t adapted by generating fewer teeth. Most of us have the same number of teeth as early humans. Our extra teeth are wisdom teeth, and they can cause problems. We can treat them at the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria.
When a wisdom tooth tries to grow in it may be obstructed by an adjacent tooth. It becomes impacted and can result in:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
It’s challenging to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of cavities, dentists pay special attention to them. They can also cause tooth decay in the neighboring molars.
If they are causing problems, your dentist will recommend they be removed. Your dentist may also recommend extraction to prevent future issues.
It is estimated that 85% of wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine outpatient procedure. Most patients experience minimal pain and recover in a few days.
It’s far better to extract wisdom teeth when you’re still young, before they can fuse with the bone. At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria we can extract them with minimal pain and side effects. Call us to schedule an appointment today.
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