Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth in our mouth, located in the back of our jaws. Sometimes, these teeth can pose problems, leading to the question of whether wisdom tooth repair is possible.
Why Wisdom Tooth Repair is Necessary?
Wisdom teeth can cause various issues. The most common problems include impaction, cavities, infections, and pain. Impaction occurs when a wisdom tooth cannot properly erupt and remains trapped within the gums, potentially causing infection and discomfort. Cavities on wisdom teeth often develop due to their hard-to-reach location, and deep cavities can lead to nerve inflammation.
How is the Problem with Wisdom Teeth Diagnosed?
Diagnosing issues with wisdom teeth typically occurs during routine dental check-ups. X-ray imaging is used by your dentist to assess the position and condition of your wisdom teeth.
The decision to repair or extract a wisdom tooth depends on various factors. If the wisdom tooth has erupted correctly, does not cause gum infections, is easily cleaned, and contributes to chewing, then repair is the chosen approach. On the other hand, if the wisdom tooth is improperly positioned, causes recurrent gum inflammation (pericoronitis), is difficult to clean, and does not contribute to chewing, there’s no reason to keep such a tooth, and extraction is recommended.
What to Expect During Wisdom Tooth Repair?
If the decision is to repair the wisdom tooth, the procedure is similar to repairing any other tooth. With the application of anesthesia, the cavity is removed, and a composite (white) filling is placed on the tooth. In cases where the cavity has reached the nerve, the need for a root canal treatment is reevaluated, or tooth extraction may be considered.
In conclusion, wisdom tooth repair may be necessary to maintain oral health and prevent pain and complications. Regular visits to the dentist are essential for the timely detection of wisdom tooth issues. If you have any questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, feel free to contact us through the contact form or email address provided on our website.