Third Molar Extraction in Abilene, TX
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, can create problems in the smile. At our practice, we can remove these teeth and keep you healthy. Abilene Advanced Dentistry provides wisdom teeth extractions in Abilene, Brownwood, Eastland, and all surrounding communities.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Extracted?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that will grow into your smile, which usually occurs during your teenage years. Unfortunately, this means that these molars are often trying to erupt when there is no more room to accommodate them. The health concerns caused by this situation is the reason why wisdom teeth are usually extracted.
In some cases, the wisdom teeth cause the rest of the smile to shift out of alignment. This condition, malocclusion, may not seem like a cause for concern, but misaligned teeth increase your risk of developing other problems. Commonly, the teeth will wear unevenly, making it more difficult to chew food or keep these teeth healthy. The crowded spacing caused by malocclusion also makes it difficult to clean the spaces between the teeth, increasing the likelihood that they will decay. There is also the issue of how the alignment of the smile impacts conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder and other orofacial health concerns.
In other cases, the third molars grow in at an angle and trap themselves underneath other teeth. This condition is called impaction. It can also lead to malocclusion, but the more significant issue is that the wisdom tooth and the tooth it rubs against will wear each other down, causing the erosion and loss of both teeth. Additionally, if the wisdom tooth is trapped partially beneath the gums, a condition called pericoronitis will both cause the tooth to decay and infect the gum tissue above it.
Some patients are selective and critical of the dental care they receive, so they want to know if the treatments recommended to them are the best solutions for their smile. This skepticism is especially true of surgical procedures like wisdom teeth extractions.
At our Abilene dental practice, we believe maintaining as much of the natural smile as possible best serves our patient’s health. When extractions are recommended, it is because the extracted tooth threatens your greater health. Wisdom teeth are no exception; if you in the rare circumstance where the third molars have entered the smile without negatively impacting the health of the rest of the teeth, we will not remove it.
Contact Us for Extractions
Extractions are treatments of last resort, but they are often necessary for wisdom teeth. Abilene Advanced Dentistry offers wisdom teeth extractions in Abilene, with service to all patients in and near our city. Call us today to schedule an appointment and discuss your oral health care options.