Henderson NV Dentist Addresses Wisdom Teeth Woes

WisdomTeethSmWisdom teeth can be an unwanted addition to your smile. Our modern jaws just don’t have space for these large molars, and we don’t need them, either. They may have served a purpose once, but they don’t now. In fact, wisdom teeth can cause lots of problems. In Henderson NV, Dr. Heeyup Ghim at Black Mountain Dental provides information about wisdom teeth so that you can make smart decisions about your oral health.

What’s in a name?

Wisdom teeth supposedly got their name from the time in life during which they usually emerge. Most folks who have wisdom teeth (which is the majority of us) usually get them when we’re in our late teens or early twenties. Back when the term “wisdom teeth” was created, this age range was considered a wiser time in a person’s life.

What’s the problem?

Wisdom teeth don’t just pose one problem; they can present a variety of issues.

As wisdom teeth make their way into the mouth, they can become impacted, or stuck. Bony impaction occurs when a wisdom tooth gets lodged in bone. A soft-tissue impaction results from a wisdom tooth that makes it through bone tissue only to be trapped in the gums. Both types of impaction can result in pain and pressure.

If wisdom teeth do successfully maneuver through bone and gum tissue, they can emerge into a mouth that doesn’t have room for them. When this occurs, existing teeth can become crowded. Tightly packed, overlapping teeth can be harder to keep clean and increase the risk of gum disease and dental decay. Infection can also occur when bacteria get lodged in a flap of gum tissue next to a partially or fully erupted wisdom tooth.

What to do?

It’s preferable to remove wisdom teeth before they create problems. A dental examination that includes X-rays can identify the number and location of wisdom teeth. Oral surgery is performed to remove wisdom teeth and prevent future pain and damage.

If you want to take a proactive step to maintain a healthy smile, call Black Mountain Dental today. Henderson NV dentist Dr. Heeyup Ghim can guide you in the direction of lasting oral health.