As you go through life, you will find that your teeth may change. Some may move. Some may change color. Some may become chipped or cracked. And when you are younger, you will lose some but they will be replaced with new ones. Specifically, in your late teenage years, a third set of molars will appear. These are your wisdom teeth, and when they grow in correctly, they can help with chewing and biting. Yes, there could be some discomfort when they come in, but if you experience pain with their arrival, you should make an appointment with your Leawood, KS, dentist so that we can properly diagnose the issue. For today, let us learn more about wisdom teeth.
Is There Really Space In My Mouth For More Teeth?
There should be enough space for your wisdom teeth to come through. However, if there is not, it can lead to issues. For example, if a dentist tells you that they are impacted, that means they are trapped under your gums or in your jaw.
What Are Some Of The Concerns About Them?
When you visit us, we will look to see that they are in the right position. When they are not, it may be harder to floss around them, causing food to be trapped. That is prime real estate for bacteria that cause cavities. Also, if they only come in partially, bacteria could enter the gums and cause an infection, which may lead to gum disease. And we have to watch to make sure they are not crowding or damaging adjacent teeth.
There Are Reasons To Have Them Removed
In addition to the ones we named, like damaging nearby teeth, potential gum disease, and pain, there are other reasons to have your third set of molars removed. These include detecting any cysts or tumors on them, tooth decay that will lead to tooth loss, or as part of another dental treatment, like getting braces. After examining your teeth and taking x-rays so that we can provide a precise analysis, we will determine the best treatment course for you.
Continue Practicing Good Dental Habits
As mentioned, your teeth will change throughout your life. It is important that you schedule regular checkups and cleanings with your Leawood, KS, dentist, as well as continue your good twice-a-day brushing and daily flossing habits. This will help ensure that stay on top of your oral health.
Schedule An Appointment With Us
If you are at that age when your wisdom teeth are starting to show, visit us so that we can monitor their progress and address any issues quickly. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.