It is very common for wisdom teeth to get stuck under the gums as they grow. When third molars cannot develop into the dental arch, they are called impacted wisdom teeth and are prone to causing a host of oral health problems. That is why oral surgeons recommend removing wisdom teeth early before they create oral health issues and require additional treatment.
At our practice in Cincinnati, Drs. Cassidy, Pieper, and Wilcox are experts in the removal of wisdom teeth and perform this procedure daily. Their advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery training allow them to provide patients with safe, comfortable treatment and minimize discomfort with a variety of anesthesia options.
Wisdom Teeth Complications
Many times, patients don’t know that they have impacted wisdom teeth because they do not feel immediate pain or discomfort. Often, pain or discomfort is felt after a problem has developed. Impacted wisdom teeth cause oral complications including the following:
- Bone damage
- Cysts and tumors
- Damage to neighboring teeth and gums
All of the above complications require treatment that patients can avoid by removing wisdom teeth before they cause problems. Advanced bone grafting, biopsy, and orthodontic treatment are just a few of the procedures patients may require to correct the damage of impacted wisdom teeth.
Scheduling checkups with your dentist is one of the best ways to identify impacted wisdom teeth. By visiting your dentist the recommended twice a year, you can monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth and see an oral surgeon for removal when the time is right. When teeth are impacted, it is nearly impossible to clean the pockets or areas of space between the gums and back teeth. Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits at home, such as brushing and flossing, can help prevent infections from developing in your mouth and spreading to your wisdom teeth and the surrounding gums.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Cincinnati, OH
If your wisdom teeth cause pain or become impacted, it is important to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons at Cincinnati Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery. Drs. Cassidy, Pieper, and Wilcox have years of training in removing wisdom teeth and preserving your smile. Our office staff is happy to address questions or concerns you have about your oral health and your wisdom teeth extraction.