Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that develop much later than our other teeth—usually between the ages of 15 and 25. Some people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth come in straight, right-side up, or not at all, but most of us aren't.
Because wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt, there is often not enough room left to accommodate them. The lack of space can cause wisdom teeth to come in sideways, only partially erupt, or become impacted within the gums. Sideways and partially-erupted wisdom teeth are hard to brush and floss properly, which can lead to extensive decay that's difficult to treat because of the location of wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth pose a risk to your oral health as well, including:
Jaw pain and headaches
Chronic sinus infections
Abscesses, cysts, and tumors
Removing questionable wisdom teeth early, before they have a chance to start causing problems, is usually the safest and most conservative treatment option. Dr. LaVecchia will evaluate the status of your wisdom teeth with a visual exam and panoramic X-rays. If he finds that they're not erupting properly, he will thoroughly explain your options for removal and design a treatment plan that addresses your needs.
Dr. LaVecchia performs wisdom teeth removal right here in our Arlington dental office, so you don't have to juggle appointments and follow-ups with a specialist. Our convenient early morning and evening hours make it even easier to get the treatment you need without missing work or school. Visit our financial page to learn about the dental insurances we accept and the flexible payment plans we offer to help you fit wisdom teeth removal into your budget.