Your wisdom teeth are the last four teeth (molars) at the back of your mouth to come through – one in each corner. You are likely to have them by the time you reach your mid-twenties, though this may vary.
Your wisdom teeth are the last four teeth to erupt (come through) quite often there is limited room for them to grow correctly. This can lead to problems such as overcrowding, inflammation, infection, and pain. If this should occur, you may need to have your wisdom tooth extracted.
Why the need to investigate wisdom teeth extractions?
For the most part, wisdom teeth do not present any problems. In fact, for many people, they may not even notice when they come through. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes the teeth become impacted, that is they do not fully break through the gum.
This partial eruption means that food easily gets trapped between the gum and the tooth leading to:
- ● bacterial growth and decay
- ● gingivitis – gum disease
- ● pericoronitis – an infection of the soft tissue around the tooth
- ● cysts or abscesses
If your mouth is overcrowded meaning, there are too many teeth in your mouth for the wisdom tooth to erupt comfortably, this can cause problems and give a need for it to be removed.
Wisdom teeth do not have to be removed if there are no problems and quite often, conditions can be resolved with a course of antibiotics or by regularly visiting a dental hygienist. However, if there is discomfort or pain, the earlier a qualified dental consultation is sought, the better.
Is it safe?
Wisdom teeth removal is a standard procedure, and if you have any queries about the best dental treatment options for you should consult your local practice.
In the meantime, effects to be aware of that are associated with tooth extraction include
- ● Bleeding
- ● Swelling
- ● Ongoing sinus issues
- ● Numbness
- ● Pain
What will it cost?
It is worth bearing in mind the cost for teeth extraction varies widely with costs ranging from between $150 for a simple procedure to anywhere up to $5000 for a more complicated surgical removal depending on where you live. For this reason, it is also worth doing some research to find a reputable local dentist offering low-cost wisdom teeth extractions. Best Dental serve Katy, TX and can provide further information if your wisdom teeth are causing you pain.
Is any help available with costs?
Dental practices are privately-owned businesses, so, for this reason, they are responsible for setting their pricing. There is help available to those who are unable to afford dental care. Medicaid and CHIP are both possible options for those on low incomes who need urgent dental treatment and require low-cost wisdom teeth extractions.
Most dental insurance plans will cover a percentage of your wisdom teeth extractions, but plans vary widely and checking over insurance plans is advised. Many dental practitioners will help with this if need be.