how wisdom teeth change smile

How Wisdom Teeth could change your Smile

how wisdom teeth change smileBloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA

As parents, you probably want your children to be set up for a healthy and happy life by the time they reach adulthood. That includes their dental health, which is why many teens undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth. From well-established methods of treatment such as braces to innovations such as the ClearCorrect system of transparent plastic aligners, orthodontics present perfectly aligned teeth. However, even the most effective orthodontic treatment can be undone when the wisdom teeth emerge in your teen’s mouth. Your Bloomsburg family dentists at Hamilton Dental Care want to take a deeper look at how wisdom teeth could affect your teen’s smile.

Wisdom teeth can cause pressure on existing teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually create their own set of problems when they erupt from the gum line. These teeth may develop at an angle, pushing against the roots of other teeth that already are established, which would lead to discomfort or intense pain. Or, there may not be enough room in the jaw for them to emerge properly from the gum line, which may cause tooth decay or a gum infection. Pressure created by these emerging wisdom teeth can crowd existing teeth by making them shift and become crooked or overlap.

Wisdom teeth begin to emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. If there is not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to emerge, they likely will become impacted, or place a significant amount of pressure on the other teeth. It’s important to have your teen visit the dentist at least twice a year to have their oral health including their wisdom teeth monitored. If it is determined that your teen’s wisdom teeth need to be removed, this will be discussed with you so that you can make the best decision regarding treatment.

Wisdom teeth removal in Bloomsburg

Hamilton Dental Care can help patients who are dealing with emerging wisdom teeth. This procedure is a surgical extraction, and while it is technically oral surgery, an operation of this sort also is the most common type of surgery performed throughout the United States. A surgical extraction refers to any procedure where the removal of a tooth requires making incisions into the supporting bone structure. Our dentists, Drs. David and Joel Hamilton, have significant experience performing the removal of wisdom teeth. Following the extraction, we also can correct any crookedness in teeth that may have developed through the use of the state-of-the-art ClearCorrect method of orthodontic treatment. To learn more about wisdom tooth removal, ClearCorrect, or any of the other procedures we offer, call our office in Bloomsburg at (570) 387-0533.

Hamilton Dental Care is proud to serve the oral health needs of patients in the areas of Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg in Pennsylvania.