The good news is that we have all lost 20 baby teeth as we transition from childhood into adulthood. In addition to these baby teeth, adult teeth occasionally need to be removed for reasons such as orthodontics, impaction, infection or non-restorability. Leaving tooth fragments behind inside of your mouth is never a good idea. Broken teeth can cause pain and infection. Since not all infections are necessarily painful, you may not even be aware that there is an infection inside your mouth. Dental infections can spread from the offending tooth to surrounding bone and from there to the rest of your body through the bloodstream. This can affect your overall health and well-being, causing unexplained headaches, sinus infections and digestive problems.
Bone graft is synthetic or preserved bone used to maintain tooth extraction sockets. The function of bone graft is to create a scaffold for your own bone tissue to grow into. Bone grafts hold space to allow your body to produce new bone and properly fill in voids created by tooth removal. Without bone graft there is a huge hole left behind and healing is unpredictable. Placing a bone graft allows you to preserve more bone in case you plan on placing a dental implant in the future. Additionally, bone grafts help improve your healing process significantly by reducing the possibility of dry sockets (which is a very painful process highlighted by lack of blood flow and slow healing of extraction sockets).
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are located all the way in the back of your mouth. While most people have several wisdom teeth, some lucky few are born without any wisdom teeth and never have to worry about them. You should decide if need to remove your wisdom teeth as soon as possible. The longer you leave problematic wisdom teeth in your jaw, the more pain and complications you will face. Plus, wisdom teeth become more difficult to remove as you age, and your jawbone continues to stiffen. As you can see, the sooner you address your wisdom teeth, the easier it is to remove them and resolve any issues.
Not everyone needs to remove their wisdom teeth. If you have enough room in your jaws to accommodate your wisdom teeth, you get to keep them as if they were just another set of teeth in your mouth. Unfortunately, most people don’t have enough space to accommodate their wisdom teeth and need to have them removed. Wisdom teeth cause severe pain when they try to push their way out. Additionally, wisdom teeth push on adjacent teeth to try and squeeze in unsuccessfully. As a result, neglecting to remove your wisdom teeth can cause other teeth to become crowded and crooked.
Some wisdom teeth sit at a bad angle against neighboring teeth, this is known as impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth must be removed or they will cause pain and infection. These teeth can also create a cavity on neighboring teeth which may result in the loss of two teeth instead of just the one bad wisdom tooth. Failure to remove wisdom teeth can also be a major contributor to headaches, sinus issues or jaw (TMJ) problems. Removing wisdom teeth helps alleviate these symptoms and provides significant relief within just a few months after removing your wisdom teeth. Make a consultation with Dr. Jazayeri to see if your wisdom teeth are problematic and require treatment.