Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in the adult mouth, and they used to be important for our ancestors when they consumed harder foods. Because we rely more on chewing our foods, our wisdom teeth have become useless. For this reason, the jawbone has decreased in size, and this resulted in the inability of wisdom teeth to grow appropriately.
As such, wisdom tooth extractions are common since wisdom teeth are easily affected and infected due to irregular growth. If the wisdom tooth is not extracted, it could result in a larger infection and affect the surrounding teeth and gums. Dr. Gordon Krueger in Saint Petersburg, FL, is ready to help you if you are experiencing symptoms and require a wisdom tooth extraction.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth become impacted and affected easily due to their irregular growth. This means that they are unable to fully grow out of the gums, and this allows room for bacteria to grow and cause an infection. It also results in the shifting of the other teeth, since they may come in slanted and crooked. Oftentimes, people prefer to have wisdom tooth extractions prior to their growth out of the gums so they can maintain their smiles without moving the teeth.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Apart from cosmetic reasons, it is important to contact a dentist such as Dr. Krueger in Petersburg, FL, if you suspect you have an impacted wisdom tooth. Symptoms of such may include:
- Swelling around the impacted area
- Infection of the tooth or surrounding teeth
- Shifting in your teeth
If you are experiencing the above symptoms and would like to consult a professional, Dr. Krueger in Petersburg, FL, is ready to help you. Book your next consultation at 727-384-6533! He can help you get the smile you want.