Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth Healthy is very important. A damaged wisdom tooth can form a cavity in or on your jaw bone. This can destroy the sensitive roots of neighboring nearby teeth or even damage the jawbone itself. If it’s not possible or desired to remove the affected tooth, or if you are unwilling to let your wisdom teeth go, your dentist can also suggest removal of wisdom teeth as a part of normal dental work. Wisdom teeth will grow in one of your next molars and you’ll need to let your current teeth go at that time.
You have several choices for removing wisdom teeth, which depend on the location of the tooth, the health of the tooth, the size of the tooth, and the amount of time available for the procedure. One option is to remove the tooth through surgery. Undergoing surgery requires making an incision inside the gum and removing the tooth. The procedure can be successful if the wisdom teeth are healthy enough to stay and the gum tissue is strong enough to keep the incision closed after the tooth is removed. If the wisdom teeth don’t stay healthy and aren’t able to stay in place, they will inevitably fall out during the chewing process, and the whole mouth will then become weak and vulnerable to infections and other problems.
If your wisdom teeth can stay in place, your dentist might recommend removing them via a dental bridge, which is a thin metal frame that connects the adjacent teeth to the front surface of the base tooth. In this way, the wisdom teeth can remain attached to the jawbone, which keeps the gum tissues from being damaged. Another option is to implant the bridge right where the tooth was removed. Alternately, the bridge might not be strong enough to support the permanent teeth, which is why dentists recommend making an incision inside the gum and putting the bridge in place.
Removing wisdom teeth by surgery or bridges can lead to problems with the gums. As the teeth get pulled away from the gum, the gums will end up becoming irritated and inflamed because they’re not accustomed to being pulled away. It’s important for people to realize that they shouldn’t pull on their gums too hard. Otherwise, it could cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that’s very similar to periodontitis, which can cause teeth to become damaged over time.
If your wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow, you’ll need to consider something called a “mitigating” procedure. Mitigating procedures work to make sure the other molars will be able to take in enough room. Some people prefer to go with dentures that attach to the front of the lower molars. These dentures fit inside the jaw so the other molars have enough room to grow. This helps give the gums more room to heal and makes eating easier.
If your wisdom teeth are bothering you or if they have become difficult to clean, you may want to try one of the different techniques that dentists use to help stimulate the growth of new molars in the wisdom teeth. Some dental insurance plans cover some of these procedures, and most dentists will perform them as part of a preventative maintenance program for patients with both wisdom and molars. Even those who have just one impacted molar can benefit from some of these techniques.
Restylaning is one method that’s been shown to help new growth to occur. This procedure involves applying a bleaching agent to the gum line as well as to the teeth surrounding the wisdom teeth. It helps to strengthen the jaw and gums and to also make them less susceptible to infection. Other methods include using a special dental handpiece that pushes down on the gums to break up the tartar and bacteria, and using mouthwash that’s specially designed to kill the bacteria that produce plaque.
A very effective and common method of prevention is to make sure that your diet contains a lot of calcium. Studies have shown that drinking milk is beneficial, but most people don’t drink enough calcium. So, if you have an impacted or sensitive wisdom teeth and you don’t get enough calcium, your dentist will be able to assist you with a nutrition plan that’s right for your oral health.