What are wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth, which are also called the third molars, are the back molars. They are the last teeth to erupt. The most adults have four wisdom teeth that begin to grow in between age 17 and 21.
Why are wisdom teeth extracted?
As wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in, many people simply do not have enough room left in their mouth for them. Because of this, wisdom teeth often cannot grow in properly and become impacted. This means that the teeth become trapped beneath the gums. An impacted third molar may also be trying to grow in sideways or tilted. This can cause discomfort, swelling, and even infection.
What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth that are impacted can cause several side effects. It’s time to consider wisdom teeth removal in North Providence, Rhode Island, if you notice any of the following symptoms:
– A bad taste
– Swelling gums in the back of the mouth
– Bad breath
– Difficulty in or discomfort when moving your jaw
– Tenderness when you chew or bite
What happens next?
When you come in, our dentists will examine the area and may take X-rays to examine where the wisdom teeth are. Dr. Ercole and Dr. Geunes can then determine if the wisdom teeth need to be extracted. After the teeth have been removed, you will be given specific directions to make your recovery as easy and comfortable as possible.
We invite you to contact Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. at 401-353-1515 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to aiding you and your smile!