While the average adult has 32 teeth by the age of 18, the average mouth, because of decreasing jaw size, is only able to hold 28 teeth. When all 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that’s not big enough, problems, including pain and infection, often arise. To prevent these problems from happening, Dr. Chetan Parikh can perform simple to complicated extractions of the third molars, which are also called wisdom teeth, in Rockville, Maryland.
If the wisdom teeth are properly aligned and surrounded by healthy gum tissue, they don’t need to be removed. However, this is not often the case. Many patients have wisdom teeth that only partially erupt, grow in sideways, or even remain trapped under the bone and gum. These impacted teeth can cause many problems, including infection, stiffness, swelling, pain, and illness, if allowed to remain in the mouth. In the most serious cases, tumors or cysts can form around the impacted wisdom teeth. These cysts and tumors can ultimately destroy healthy teeth and the jawbone. The best treatment when this happens is removal of the wisdom teeth. We recommend having the third molars extracted early on in order to decrease the surgical risk of the procedure as well as to avoid these serious health issues.
We invite you to contact Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, DABDSM to schedule an oral examination and consultation with our dentist. During your examination, he will determine if wisdom teeth extraction will be necessary to maintain good oral health. Call us today to begin meeting your oral health goals now.