At Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we specialize in several oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, designed to prevent dental problems. One of the most common problems is tooth decay, which affects roughly 91% of U.S. adults between the ages of 20 and 64, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Teeth in the posterior (back) region of the mouth are usually at a higher risk for decay, especially once the wisdom teeth erupt.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is the direct result of bacteria found in plaque. Plaque is a thin, sticky biofilm that continuously forms on and around the enamel, the harder outer layer of the tooth. If plaque is allowed to build up, decay of the enamel will likely occur.
The bacteria in plaque feed of the sugars, starches, and other simple carbohydrates we consume on a day-to-day basis. As they feed, they produce acids that attack the enamel layer and cause deterioration. This process is also known as demineralization.
You may be at a higher risk for demineralization due to poor oral hygiene, inadequate nutrition, and hereditary factors. Poor oral hygiene is the result of improper brushing and flossing techniques, especially when molars and premolars are involved. Your risk for decay in this area increases exponentially with crowding issues or misaligned teeth.
Wisdom Teeth and Tooth Decay
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt much later than the rest of your permanent teeth, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. Due to biological and evolutionary factors, most people no longer need wisdom teeth or have the necessary space in their jaw to accommodate an extra set of teeth. Because they erupt much later, they can cause several issues with your surrounding teeth.
Your molars are located in an area of the mouth that is hardest to clean and maintain. Wisdom teeth can cause crowding issues that make it even harder to brush and floss this area properly. After the wisdom teeth erupt, and crowding issues occur, your molars and premolars may experience significant tooth decay due to poor oral hygiene.
Preventing Tooth Decay
To prevent the decay of your second molars, we may recommend wisdom tooth extractions. We specialize in surgical extractions, which involve the removal of the tooth before they partially or completely erupt above the gums. A surgical extraction may be the best way to keep the molars, second molars, and premolars in pristine condition.
Proper brushing and flossing are integral to preventing tooth decay, often making wisdom teeth extractions necessary. Be sure to limit your consumption of sugary snacks and beverages to minimize the growth of harmful bacteria. Regular checkups and professional cleanings are also a vital part of maintaining proper oral health and preventing tooth decay.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
During a surgical extraction, will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and underlying bone. Next, we usually break the tooth into several pieces, which makes removal much easier. We may also need to remove a portion of the bone to ensure the tooth is completely out. Once the tooth is out, we will suture the incision.
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If you or your child needs a wisdom tooth extraction, you have come to the right place! Call (608) 960-7650 to schedule a consultation now.
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