Implant & Third Extractions
The third molar is the final tooth to develop. In most people, the third molar erupts between the ages of 17 and 25. The third molar is commonly referred to as a “wisdom tooth.” This is because it occurs later in life, and many people do not have adequate space in the jaw for the third molar to develop correctly and erupt fully.
An implant is the next best thing to a natural tooth made of titanium, which fuses with the jawbone to create a very strong foundation. Implants can replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. At Odyssey Dental in Peoria, AZ, our dentist in Peoria, AZ offers the best dental treatments according to your specific needs.
What Is an Implant?
An implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone and then a healing cap is placed over it. The healing cap protects the implant while your jawbone heals around it. Once the implant has healed and fused with the bone, it is uncovered and the abutment is placed. The abutment is the piece that connects the implant and the restoration.
What Is a Third Molar?
The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last of your permanent teeth to erupt. For most people, these teeth come in during their late teens or early 20s. However, some people may never develop wisdom teeth.
The wisdom teeth generally come in at the back of the mouth, though some people have wisdom teeth that come in toward the front of their mouths.
Teeth that come in too far toward the front are known as “impacted.” This can cause them to become trapped below the gum line, which may lead to impaction cysts and other problems.
Reasons for Third Molar Extractions
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several oral health problems like pain caused by infected gum tissue. This pain can be caused when the wisdom tooth becomes impacted, forcing the gum tissue to swell and bacteria to grow. Difficult or painful wisdom teeth should be treated as soon as possible.
A serious infection can occur in the space where the third molar was. This can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness. This infection can spread to neighboring teeth, causing more dental problems.
Infected teeth are hard to clean and maintain, leading to more dental problems. If an infected tooth isn’t treated quickly, it can spread throughout the mouth and cause serious damage.
Some patients require orthodontics before having their wisdom teeth removed. This is because if the wisdom teeth grow crooked, they can damage the roots of the neighboring teeth. For this reason, we recommend having your wisdom teeth removed before your orthodontic treatment.
If your dentist has recommended your third molars be removed, it may be because of jaw pain. Your wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to emerge in your mouth. Once they do, your mouth doesn’t have enough room for all of them.
Benefits of Third Molar Extractions
Many patients do not realize that wisdom teeth can cause many oral health issues. The most common problem associated with wisdom teeth is an infection, which can occur when wisdom teeth are not aligned properly or when they only partially erupt. The infection then spreads to the surrounding teeth and gums.
Get in touch with Odyssey Dental at 8256 W. Cactus Road, Suite #136 Peoria, AZ 85381, or call at (623) 734-4561 to schedule an appointment for the best dental treatments.