Allowing Your Smile to Age Wisely

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that appear after adolescence (when a person is more “wise” — thus the name “wisdom teeth”). Their emergence can be painful, resulting in impacted wisdom teeth or damaged tooth alignment if allowed to come in fully. In fact, wisdom tooth removal is called for in 85% of dental cases. Keep reading to learn more about wisdom tooth extractions from our Fort Lauderdale, FL dentist.

Why Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?

Poor alignment and impaction are the two main reasons wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary. When the final set of molars erupts (grows in) at an angle, it sometimes pushes on nearby straight teeth, altering their alignment. This is painful and can cause damage to neighboring teeth, as well as injure nerves and the jawbone.

Impacted wisdom teeth result from either the last set of molars developing but failing to erupt — remaining encased in the jaw’s soft tissue — or from only partially erupting, creating a passageway for bacteria to get into the soft tissue.

What Are Common Complications Associated with Wisdom Teeth?

In an effort to avoid the pain and complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth and tooth misalignment, Fort Lauderdale general dentist Dr. Kellner’s approach to your family’s ongoing dental healthcare plans will include the monitoring and removal of wisdom teeth. Typically, the earlier the need for wisdom teeth removal is identified, the better; early removal can prevent damage to neighboring healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does everyone need to get their wisdom teeth removed?

Some have the fortune of avoiding problems such as impacted wisdom teeth altogether, but in the worst cases, gum infections, jawbone cysts, and bone loss can occur. Therefore, Dr. Kellner often recommends wisdom teeth removal.

At what age should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Though there is no “right” age to have your wisdom teeth removed, the surgery and healing from it are much easier at a younger age. Wisdom teeth extraction is typically recommended between the ages of 12 and 25. Removal may become necessary if your Fort Lauderdale dentist sees the potential for complications should the teeth begin to grow in.

Is wisdom tooth removal painful?

At Seaside Family Dentistry, we offer a multitude of comfortable options that make the removal of your wisdom teeth a calm and relaxing experience. Dr. Alan Kellner removes the teeth skillfully and gently, then provides medications and follow-up information that ensure a speedy, easy, pain-free recovery.