Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Peoria and Chillicothe
The wisdom teeth are the last four molars to appear in the mouth, which typically do not erupt until the late teens or early twenties. These molars often pose no problems for your dental health, but in some cases, the jaws and mouth do not have sufficient space to accommodate these teeth when they finally prepare to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth can put your oral health at risk, and should be assessed by your dentist to determine whether removal could be the right option for you. At Marcin Dental Centers, we offer onsite tooth extraction and oral surgery as part of our comprehensive dentistry services in Peoria and Chillicothe.
The Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When there is not enough room in the jaws for the wisdom teeth to erupt, you may experience a range of symptoms or problems associated with these teeth. However, impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause noticeable symptoms—this is why it’s essential to continue visiting your dentist twice a year for general checkups, which include X-ray imaging to chart the progress and position of your wisdom teeth to determine whether they can erupt in a healthy fashion or might benefit from removal.
- Sudden pain or swelling in the gum tissue at the back of your jaw could be a sign of an impacted wisdom tooth, which often causes infection and inflammation.
- Persistent bad breath can also be a sign of wisdom tooth impaction, as bad breath often results from an infection in the tissue around the tooth.
- Some individuals experience jaw stiffness, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes associated with impacted wisdom teeth.
Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth Healthy
Not all wisdom teeth need removal—if your wisdom teeth have fully erupted in their proper positions, your dentist will likely recommend keeping them. However, these molars can be more prone to common dental diseases without proper care.
- Take care to floss behind the back of your last molar, including along the gum line. Poor flossing can increase the risk of gum disease in this area of the mouth, which could put your wisdom teeth and the adjacent teeth at risk.
- Similarly, make a concentrated effort to brush all the way to your last molars when you brush your teeth each day. Cavities can easily take hold if the teeth are not cleaned thoroughly, leading to tooth decay that may cause pain and require extensive restorative work to repair a damaged tooth.
You can find out more about the role your wisdom teeth play in your oral health by scheduling an appointment at Marcin Dental Centers. Call (309) 693-0043 for our Peoria location or (309) 274-6237 for our Chillicothe location.
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