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What Should You Do About A Wisdom Tooth Cavity?

Posted on 4/10/2020 by Dr Jonathan Ford
What Should You Do About A Wisdom Tooth Cavity? About 92% of adults aged between 20 and 64 have cavities in their permanent teeth. You can get cavities on any one of your teeth; including your wisdom teeth, which are the third and final sets of molars.

Wisdom Teeth Cavities

A lot of adults don't have wisdom teeth, or only have one, two, or three instead of the complete set. So when they have a cavity in their wisdom teeth, most of them don't know what would be required to treat it. Wisdom tooth extraction is recommended for 59% of all cavities in these teeth. This is one of the most common oral surgeries in the country. One of the main reasons why it is recommended to get your wisdom teeth removed is because they often cause a lot of problems in the mouth. Wisdom teeth erupt between 17 and 24 years of age, and are the last teeth that emerge in your mouth. Since people typically already have 28 teeth in their mouth at this stage, often there is no room for the tooth to grow out and it become impacted. An impacted tooth has increased risk of cavity. It can trap food and it become hard to clean the tooth since it is located so far back in the mouth. Hence, wisdom teeth can easily become breeding grounds for bacteria.

Wisdom Teeth Cavity: How to Treat It?

Normally, when you get a cavity in one of your teeth, we would recommend filling it and in extreme cases, performing a root canal procedure on it to save the tooth. However, this is not so for wisdom teeth. If your tooth is impacted, you have trouble brushing it, or if it is causing you other issues, Dr. Jonathan Ford and will recommend extracting it. If your wisdom tooth has properly erupted in the mouth, it may be possible to restore it like any other tooth. That is why it is important never to miss your routine dental check up so that we can assess the health of all your teeth, including the wisdom teeth. If you still have your wisdom teeth and you are concerned by them, schedule an appointment with us by calling at (714) 409-6161. We will check the health of your teeth and determine which treatment path (if any) you need to take.
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