Today’s post from us here at The Fort Collins Dentist discusses the often misunderstood subject of wisdom teeth.
The Third Molars
Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are even farther back in the mouth than the two sets of regular molars we all have. These four teeth usually erupt when a person is eighteen or nineteen.
Many dentists recommend that wisdom teeth be removed to prevent misplacement in the mouth.
Wisdom Can Cause Oral Problems
If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it may cause an opening in the gums that can attract bacteria and become infected. Partially-erupted wisdom teeth can also make it difficult to practice proper oral hygiene.
Some wisdom teeth are so misplaced that they can actually cause problems with the jaw bone or alter the patient’s bite. These conditions can cause severe pain.
If you are wondering if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, we can help. We can assess the condition and placement of your wisdom teeth and discuss a treatment plan.
If you have a teenager heading off to college, make sure his/her wisdom teeth are taken care of before they move out of state. You might not be able to find a dental provider in your network and extraction will be more expensive.
We are a Full-Service Dental Practice
In addition to wisdom teeth extraction, we provide comprehensive preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. We accept most dental insurance. But don’t let a lack of dental insurance keep you from having regular dental exams and cleanings. We at The Fort Collins Dentist have a variety of payment options. We serve patients from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud. Schedule an appointment today.