Wisdom Teeth — Do You Still Have Yours?

Sometimes called your “third molars”, wisdom teeth normally make their first appearance when a person is a young adult or in his or her teenage years.  It is fairly common to have these teeth struggle to come in for lack of room.  Some people never get them, but most of us have them whether we realize it or not.  When they stay buried beneath the gum line, they are referred to as. “impacted”.

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Many lucky patients never have any trouble with these late coming molars, but some do.  When they begin to present the following problems, your Dr. Gehrig may recommend the removal of these teeth.  The symptoms which will tell you if there are problems are these:

  1. Tooth Decay
  2.  Damage to the Surrounding Teeth
  3.  Pain
  4.  Tumors
  5.  Gum Disease
  6.  Cysts
  7.  Infection

Sometimes when a person is scheduled for orthodontic, restorative work or a peridontal treatment plan,it may be appropriate to remove troublesome wisdom teeth.  Dr. Gehrig will always carefully assess your needs and discuss them thoroughly with you when making his recommendations on any procedures.

As time marches on and we age, our dental conditions change too.  Dr. Gehrig will always want to monitor your wisdom teeth carefully to catch any problem before it becomes more difficult to manage.  Wisdom teeth which posed no problems in your twenties may need attention in your fifties or beyond.  It is important to maintain your regular dental schedule of checkups for your dental health as well as your overall general health.


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