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Signs You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, start appearing at about 18 years of age and while it may seem counter-intuitive to extract newly erupted teeth, it can actually be a very wise decision.

Drs. Sunitha Sirivolu and Manoj Patel offer wisdom teeth extractions at both of their offices: Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Lake Worth, Palm Beach.

Wisdom teeth may come out crooked or straight, which means there may not be enough space in your mouth to occupy new teeth and can impact surrounding teeth and oral tissues. Wisdom teeth can erupt in peculiar angles that make brushing them difficult and may result in decay.

Here are signs you need to have your wisdom teeth removed:

  • Vertical Impactions: This is when part of the tooth is submerged in the bone and also visible in the mouth. It's possible that the wisdom tooth may erupt normally but if it doesn't after a few years, then you need to visit our dentist at their Wellington or Lake Worth office to have wisdom teeth extracted.

  • Forward (Mesial) Impactions: This is similar to the vertical impact in that the tooth is both submerged and slightly peaking out. One of the main differences is that the tooth is slightly angled, though. What this means for the tooth is that it won't erupt properly and will likely collect bacteria in gum tissue that may result in tooth decay. So, it's best to get a tooth extraction in this case as well.

  • Horizontal Impactions: This is when a tooth is erupting perpendicular or horizontally. There is no room in your mouth for the tooth to erupt properly so the tooth needs to be extracted.

Wisdom teeth extractions are a routine procedure and part of an overall preventative care regimen. Drs. Sunitha Sirivolu and Manoj Patel offer wisdom teeth extractions at both of their offices in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Lake Worth, Palm Beach. If you have any questions and are interested in knowing more about the procedure, just contact them at Family Dentistry of Palm Beach today.

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