What are Wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to come in which is around young adults between ages 17-25. Wisdom teeth are not needed for chewing and are difficult teeth to brush and floss. If you have regular dental checkups the dentist will let you know if and when you will need to get them removed.
Potential Issues with Wisdom Teeth:
- Infection can happen when the tooth has broken the gum surface and creates an opening for bacteria to enter. This can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the jaw.
- When there is not enough room or the teeth are in the wrong position the wisdom teeth can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth do not always cause pain so you could have impacted teeth and not even realize it.
- A fluid-filled sac called a cyst can form on or near the impacted tooth. If left untreated this can destroy surrounding bone and tooth roots.
Straight Talk About Invisalign & Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you have regular check-ups the doctor would recommend the removal of the wisdom teeth before starting the Invisalign treatment. It is not uncommon for wisdom teeth to erupt during the Invisalign treatment, the doctor will go over any adjustments that would be needed in these cases. Talk to the dentist before you start Invisalign treatment about your wisdom teeth even if your wisdom teeth are not causing you pain now. Removal of the wisdom teeth before straightening can save you money and future pain.
Did You Know...
Upper canines are the most commonly treated impacted teeth in children. Failure of the canines to come into the mouth can happen because of an obstruction, genetic changes, inadequate space and/or head and neck syndromes. The treatment of impacted canines is exposing the tooth by an oral surgeon and then attaching a chain to the tooth. The chain is activated by your orthodontist about 2 weeks after surgery. A rubber band is attached to the gold chain and the wire and the impacted canine is slowly pulled down into the mouth over several months. For more information go here