Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that develop during our late teenage years or early twenties. Not all wisdom teeth will need to be extracted. In fact, if they are not problematic, they might even be able to stay intact. However, when wisdom teeth are misaligned or impacted, they increase the risk of infection as well as damaging the adjacent teeth, jawbone, or nerves. To determine the status of your wisdom teeth, Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care will need to look at them on an X-ray.
Sometimes, a person will feel the effects of the wisdom teeth before they even erupt. If wisdom teeth are impacted – enclosed within the soft tissue and/or jawbone – they may cause headaches or tooth pain to the patient. In other cases, the wisdom teeth may partially erupt, which leaves an open area that is prone to infection. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are more prone to tooth decay and can make brushing and flossing almost impossible, as they are difficult to reach.
If you have questions or concerns about the status of your wisdom teeth, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.freshmeadowsdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, NY, call 718-224-7272.