For adolescents and young adults, the development of their last set of molars can lead to serious issues with their oral health. These concerns can be more than just cosmetic, as well. Significant medical issues can arise through the eruption of the third molars, so it is important not to let this development go without proper images.
If you are the parent of a teen, it is also necessary for you to pay attention to your child’s dental development. They may not be aware of the seriousness of the situation, so it is incumbent on you to stay on them and keep appointments. And while no one wants surgery, extraction is most commonly the best result. We have developed beyond the need for these. Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist explains the significance of seeking treatment for the development of wisdom teeth. And how imagery can save you time and money down the line!
There are a few different ways that your last set of molars can cause damage to your smile. These teeth are evolutionary holdovers and no longer fit within our slimmer faces, so their existence to begin with can lead to problems. They also tend to grow more erratically than your other teeth. The development in an unwanted direction can cause major issues.
Firstly, you may have recently finished an alignment procedure, either braces or clear aligners. Wisdom teeth can completely destroy any progress that you have made, by forcing your teeth into improper directions. This can even cause jaw concerns due to the seriousness!
The strength of this growth is also very impressive. The crowding can cause damage such as chips or even cracks, which may need to be repaired. If this is left alone for enough time, it may even need more than just cosmetic surgery to fix.
When the interior fleshy portion of the tooth is exposed to the outside world, it becomes incredibly susceptible to bacterial infection. These colonies form and can cause intense pain. If your situation comes to this, it most likely needs a root canal. This includes a pulpectomy, where the flesh is removed and the connection between the tooth and your jaw is severed.
Stop Damage Before It Starts
The best tool we have in fighting the possible harm of third molars is through x-ray imagery. By looking within the bone to be able to see where your teeth are growing almost allows us to look into the future. Regular imagery helps significantly in the protecting your smile from improper growth.
So with this said, be sure to schedule regular visits with your oral health professional. Cleanings and imagery can help to prevent any possible damage!
Keep Things Under Control!
If you want to know how we can monitor the growth of your new wisdom teeth, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!