Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Impacted teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems.

If wisdom teeth are causing a problem and are not pulled, they can sometimes become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. Symptoms are easy to spot: pain, inflammation, and some kinds of infections.

Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one’s ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, your final set of large molars near the rear of your mouth, normally erupt around the age of 18-20.

Some people never develop problems with their wisdom teeth. Many people, however, are not so lucky, Wisdom teeth are prime candidates to become impacted, which can lead to a great deal of pain, swelling, infection, and sometimes, poorly developed adjacent teeth.

The most common treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction.

Dentures

People who have worn dentures for a long time sometimes can develop problems with their jaws. Excessive friction of the dentures can actually deteriorate the jaw bone and surrounding tissue. One of the telltale signs would be dentures that don’t seem to fit properly anymore.

In some cases, surgery can correct this problem. If there has been a significant loss of bone in the jaw, a bone graft may be used.