LA Dental Town
Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in East Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Wisdom teeth don’t make you smarter, but they can potentially cause all kinds of dental problems. The experienced team of dentists at LA Dental Town in East Los Angeles, including an on-staff oral surgeon, expertly diagnoses and treats impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections, pain, and swelling in your mouth when they can’t erupt properly. Even if you don’t have symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment for an exam to determine the state of your wisdom teeth. Call the office to set up a consultation.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth gained their moniker because they usually emerge when you’re 17-21 years old — a more mature age than when your other teeth erupt. Wisdom teeth are actually the third set of molars, or the teeth at the very back of your mouth. Many times, people don’t have enough room in their mouth for this third set of molars, so crowding causes them to come into your mouth in the wrong position.
When this happens, it can cause all kinds of dental problems with surrounding teeth, or your wisdom teeth may become impacted — trapped in your jaw under the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth often cause pain, damage to other teeth, or oral infections.
What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
You may have impacted wisdom teeth and not even realize it. But, if you do experience symptoms, you may experience any of the following:
- Pain in your jaw
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Swelling in your jaw at the back of your mouth
- Trouble opening your mouth all the way
Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can cause gum disease, cysts, tooth decay, and damage. Getting regular dental checkups and X-rays can prevent your wisdom teeth from becoming a dental problem, as your dentist closely monitors their progress and may take action before the teeth cause problems.
How do I know if I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any urgent problems, your dentist monitors their position to determine if you need to have them removed. Of course, if they’re impacted and you’re in pain or experiencing other dental problems, your dentist may recommend removing them as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
At LA Dental Town, the team of experienced providers includes an oral surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of impacted wisdom teeth. You can rest assured that you’ll receive an accurate diagnosis and exceptional treatment and care if you have surgery to remove your wisdom teeth. The entire team places your comfort as a top priority, so your experience is as easy and painless as possible.
If you’re concerned about wisdom teeth for yourself or a young adult in your home, the team at LA Dental Town can help. Schedule a consultation by calling the friendly office staff today.