Dr. Kathleen Mullaney • DDS • FAGD

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Wisdom Teeth-Not So Smart!

Wisdom Teeth-Not So Smart!

Many patients ask why I feel wisdom teeth should be extracted- here are a few reasons why I suggest wisdom teeth extraction-

Sinus Issues

Wisdom teeth in the upper jaw can have an adverse effect on the sinuses. This occurs when the roots of the third molar push and rub against the sinuses, putting pressure on them. Eventually, this can result in sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and congestions.

Pain when eating

Similar to cavities, incorrect wisdom teeth growth can result in gaps where food can get stuck. Once this happens, you will experience pain every time you chew your food or even some discomfort as long as the food remains in the gap.

Gum Disease

It is extremely difficult to clean the area around the third molar. Because of this, plaque is allowed to grow around the area and will result in the gums becoming irritated and swollen and that often leads to more complicated issues of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis -This is the first stage of gum disease characterized by the patient having bad breath and bleeding gums.
  • Periodontitis – If gingivitis is not treated right away, it will develop into the second stage called periodontitis. This condition directly affects the tissues that hold the teeth in place. Left untreated, your jawbones will incur damage and cause small spaces to open between your gums and teeth. This then leads to your teeth loosening and falling out.

Misalignment of the teeth

This is the aftermath of an impacted wisdom teeth. Due to the already crowded space in the mouth, the third molar pushes the rest of the teeth resulting in misalignment.

Each patient has unique dental needs so we are always happy to discuss any questions you may have at your next visit!

Deal of the Day

* Includes necessary X-rays, Velscope Oral Cancer Screening and periodontal examination
(New Patients Only, excludes cleaning. Not billable to insurance)

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