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What Milpitas area patients can do about impacted wisdom teeth

Drs. Sambhav Jain, Shivani Gupta, and Arpana Gupta and the rest of the staff at the Center for Implant Dentistry work with Milpitas area residents to achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. However, there are times when certain issues can result in problems with the teeth. Wisdom teeth are known for becoming problematic for many of our patients. These teeth, known as the third molars, develop later in life and tend to become impacted. Impaction means the teeth are unable to erupt through the gum line.

Impacted wisdom teeth can become painful. Patients may experience severe discomfort, including headaches and jaw pain that can keep them from eating. It may also make them feel an overall feeling of illness. These wisdom teeth can cause swelling as well, which may be caused by inflammation of the gum tissue. When these issues arise, it is important for patients to visit their dentist to learn about extraction options.

Extraction is the best way to address any issue with the wisdom teeth. The teeth are not necessary for proper health and function of the smile, so they can be easily removed. Impacted wisdom teeth have not come through the gum line and therefore require oral surgery during which the dentist will go into the gum tissue and remove the teeth from the bone of the jaw. This is more extensive than a simple extraction of an erupted wisdom tooth and is typically done under proper sedation and anesthetics. Other times, patients with wisdom teeth that have come through the gum line may experience pain due to decay or disease that has resulted in an infection. At this point as well, extraction may be determined to be the most appropriate way to address the issue.

Drs. Sambhav Jain, Shivani Gupta, and Arpana Gupta of the Center for Implant Dentistry encourage patients to learn about how their wisdom teeth can negatively impact their smile and find out if removal is the best option for treatment. Contact our practice today to book a consultation appointment, diagnostic testing, and removal if it has been decided this is the treatment option best for you.

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