It’s hard to get wisdom about wisdom teeth, as there are many pieces of conflicting advice floating around on the internet. While we always suggest coming in to speak with one of our awesome dentists at Olney Dental, here are five basic things that everyone should know about their wisdom teeth.
Every Wisdom Tooth Does Not Need to be Extracted
Wisdom teeth are located at the very back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Some wisdom teeth are able to come to the surface without ruining the rest of your smile or causing pain. However, if the wisdom teeth are not properly positioned, they should be removed. Not sure if you need a wisdom tooth removal? Talk to your dentist!
Some People Don’t Have Any Pain
While some people associate their wisdom teeth erupting with a great deal of pain, others have no trouble at all and don’t even realize that their wisdom teeth are erupting. Dental pain can also occur as a result of something else, like a cavity or root inflammation, but be mistaken for wisdom tooth pain.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Are Often Infected
One of the primary reasons why a doctor will recommend a wisdom tooth extraction is an infection. Impacted wisdom teeth are much more likely to become infected, as they are wedged in your bone or gums and also poking above the surface becoming exposed to mouth bacteria. Impacted wisdom teeth are almost always recommended for removal.
Wisdom Teeth Can Ruin Your Smile
We don’t want to frighten you, but it’s important to realize that wisdom teeth can ruin your smile if you have already had braces or a retainer. The added tooth or teeth in your mouth can shift things forward or sideways and really throw a wrench in the investment you made in your smile.
Extraction Isn’t Painful
This wisdom tooth myth always leads to harm. The extraction process is actually not painful at all, as local anesthetic is used. Even if the extraction process is uncomfortable or strange, it is not at all painful.
You Can Trust Olney Dental for All of Your Oral Health Needs
For all of your oral care questions and concerns, Olney dental has the expertise and professionalism to get them the answers they need. Olney Dental is ready to supply you with expert service in a professional environment. Schedule an appointment online today! For more information on how we can give your family the best dentist experience available, give us a call at (301) 250-1057 or contact us online. For more dental tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest.