Wisdom teeth, scientifically known as third molars, are the last set of molars that typically emerge in a person’s late teens or early twenties. While these teeth served a purpose for our ancestors who had coarser diets, they often pose problems for modern humans due to changes in diet and jaw size. Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure performed to address these issues.

When wisdom teeth do not have sufficient space to grow in properly, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to fully erupt through the gum tissues and jawbone, leading to various dental complications. These complications may include:

  • Orthodontic Issues: Wisdom teeth can disrupt the natural alignment of your teeth, potentially undoing the effects of orthodontic treatments like braces.
  • Damage to Neighboring Teeth: Crowding caused by wisdom teeth can push adjacent teeth, leading to misalignment, pressure and even damage to nearby teeth.
  • Tooth Decay: Partially erupted wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean properly, making them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Infection and Inflammation: Impacted wisdom teeth can create pockets where bacteria can accumulate, leading to infections, inflammation and pain in the gums and surrounding tissues.
  • Cyst Formation: In some cases, a cyst may develop around an impacted wisdom tooth, potentially damaging the jawbone.

To prevent these issues and maintain your oral health, our oral surgeon may recommend wisdom teeth removal. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure your comfort. After the removal, proper post-operative care and hygiene are crucial to a smooth recovery, and our team will provide you with detailed instructions to help you recover and heal.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the back of your mouth or suspect issues with your wisdom teeth, consult with Dr. Robert Sharobieam about wisdom teeth removal in Corona, California. He will assess your condition and determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary to protect your smile and overall oral health. Call Orchard Dental Group today at 951-279-4333 to learn more and make your appointment!