Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the final molars, which usually appear between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but you may have anywhere from one to four. It can be difficult to predict how wisdom teeth will erupt, but if there is inadequate room in the jaw for these teeth to erupt properly, they are likely to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful, and they may threaten the health of adjacent structures. Dr. Lozada, Lancaster wisdom teeth removal dentist, can help.
Common problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth include:
• Periodontitis, which occurs when the gums around the teeth become infected
• Root resorption, which occurs when the roots of nearby teeth are damaged
• Tooth decay, which occurs because these teeth can be difficult to clean properly
• Crowding, which occurs when the teeth erupt and push other teeth out of alignment
Dr. Lozada, expert in wisdom teeth removal in Lancaster, may recommend early removal of these teeth rather than waiting until the teeth have begun to cause problems. However, these teeth can be removed at any age, and should be removed if they have started to threaten the health of your other teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Lancaster
At your consultation, Dr. Lozada, Lancaster wisdom teeth removal dentist, will examine your wisdom teeth to determine the best way to proceed. Teeth that are visible above the gum line will typically be able to be removed through a simple extraction procedure. Teeth that have not yet erupted or can be seen above the gum line will need to be surgically removed. Dental X-rays and other images will be taken to better plan for your treatment.
In most cases, wisdom teeth extractions are uncomplicated procedures. Dr. Lozada, expert in wisdom teeth removal in Lancaster, will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing. You will need to take any prescribed medication exactly as instructed. Good dental hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection. Avoid smoking, which can delay healing and increase the risk of dry socket, a painful complication.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lozada, Lancaster dentist.