Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars adults have erupt during their early twenties. Should these teeth have enough room in an individual’s mouth to erupt properly and oral hygiene maintained, wisdom teeth can provide function equally as long as other teeth. As part of a regular check-up at our Fullerton dentist's office, we will examine if the wisdom teeth have any issues and make recommendations on further treatment.
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed at our practice should they be misaligned and lead to the following problems such as damage to other teeth, cysts, decay, and gum inflammation (pericoronitis).
If misaligned, wisdom teeth can be positioned diagonally behind the second molar and cause decay between them since cleaning would not be fully possible. In addition, should there not be sufficient space in a person’s mouth wisdom teeth can erupt improperly, push teeth in front and cause crowding in other teeth leading to the need of braces to correct the misalignment. The wisdom tooth grows in an enclosed space in the jaw. This space known as a sac can accumulate with fluid, forming a cyst that can damage adjacent structures as it enlarges over time.
Lastly, a misaligned or partially erupted wisdom tooth is more difficult to maintain good hygiene because plaque flourishes in areas which are not brushed. This increases the chances of pericoronitis, a painful, inflammatory gum condition due to the accumulation of plaque. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Ryoo can diagnose your condition and provide the correct treatment to relieve you of your pain. If you are in need of a wisdom tooth extraction in Fullerton, we invite you to learn more about the procedure and schedule an appointment with our Fullerton dentist.
If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are beginning to erupt, contact our Fullerton dentist, Dr. Ryoo today for a thorough examination.