The people of Evanston, Wyoming can rely on the professionals of Wyoming Oral and Facial Surgery to provide the best wisdom teeth care in the region.
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50 Park Road
Evanston, WY 82930
About Wisdom Tooth Removal
Those considering wisdom tooth removal have a lot of questions to ask. There are many things to consider, so knowing when is the right time to remove wisdom teeth is difficult, but we can help you determine the best answer for you.
This is a very common question we get asked all the time. Even if your wisdom teeth don’t cause pain, there are potential complications that make removal the right choice for most people. For example, a recent study from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation gives evidence that third molars which have broken through the tissue and erupted into the mouth in a normal, upright position may be as prone to disease as those third molars that remain impacted.
Furthermore, patients who wait until they’re older to have their wisdom teeth removed may be at greater risk for disease and infections. However, patients who have wisdom teeth that are completely erupted, fully functional, cavity-free, painless, and are surrounded by healthy gum tissue may not require extraction. This happens, but is not very common. In any case, wisdom teeth that don’t need to be extracted still need to be cleaned and monitored on a regular basis to ensure that they are still healthy and not causing any problems.
How serious is an impacted wisdom tooth?
The seriousness of an impacted tooth varies from patient to patient, but it is safe to say that impacted teeth can cause some real problems. Generally speaking, an impacted tooth happens when there is not enough space in the mouth for the tooth to erupt through the gums. 9 out 10 people have at least one impacted tooth, so the complications from impacted teeth are very common. Impacted teeth can damage neighboring teeth, push your teeth out of alignment, result in painful cysts, and are often prone to infections. More often than not impacted wisdom teeth must be extracted to avoid these problems.
Oral Health in Evanston and The Rest of Wyoming
According to the Wyoming Department of Health, “the prevalence of having a dental visit in the past year increased with increasing education level. Yearly visits were most commonly reported among Wyoming adults who were college graduates and least common among adults with less than a high school education. A similar trend was seen in income level; the prevalence of a dental visit in the past year increased as yearly income increased.”
They also reported that “one quarter of Wyoming adults (25%) 45 years of age or older reported that they have lost six or more teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease, which is similar to the U.S. median of 25.5%. Tooth loss varied by demographic factors among Wyoming adults. Significantly more females (26.4%) than males (23.6%) reported having lost six or more teeth due to decay or gum disease (p=0.03). Tooth loss was more common among older adults.”
It is important to see a dentist regularly to prevent tooth loss, periodontal disease, and to avoid other serious health complications.