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Wisdom teeth are a strange phenomenon in the modern mouth. These third and final molars are late to arrive, late to emerge and often accompanied by unwanted complications.

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In a much earlier stage of human evolution, these large, powerful third molars were likely very important to help people fully chew their food. They may have also served as an “extra set” of back teeth if nearby molars became infected or ground down from too much use.

But today, wisdom molars are better known for the complications they cause than for any useful purpose they fulfill. Our dental team at 3V Dental of Port Washington, NY teaches us what we need to know about wisdom teeth, molars, extraction, and dental health.

According to the American Dental Association:

Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.

When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you have pain, see your dentist immediately.

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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Why are these molars named “wisdom,” you might be wondering? There is no medical reason for this term. Rather, these molars are not present at birth but only start to grow around the age of seven.

They will grow for 10 years or longer before they are finally ready to join the rest of the teeth in your mouth. This late-arriving behavior is what has earned these molars the nickname of “wisdom” teeth.

In terms of position in the jaw, the wisdom molars are the very last molars in the mouth. Until they grow in, the area is covered by a mound of gum skin.

In some less common cases, these third molars never grow at all. And some people only have one or two third molars but not all four.

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Signs & Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Because the third molars are so late to grow in, it is easy to forget all about them.

For this reason, many people worry there is something wrong when that skin mound in the very back of their mouth starts to get tender, sore and swollen.

Signs and symptoms of incoming third molars can also include sudden onset of tooth movement. This is because the third molars don’t fit easily in the mouth for the majority of people.

Their sudden eruption can crowd the nearby teeth and cause dental hygiene issues and even the need for tooth correction with braces.

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Causes of Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Molars

Why doesn’t everyone get all four third molars? Why do some people have trouble with their wisdom teeth and other people don’t have any problems?

The causes for impacted or painful third molars can often be traced back to genetics, which in turn affect jaw size, jaw shape, whether the molars will erupt normally or grow abnormally and other factors.

Paleontologists highlight that the human head and jaw is smaller and shaped differently in modern homo sapiens (us) than in earlier prototype humans, and this can also cause problems when these ancient molars begin to grow in.

When you are not sure what to expect for yourself or a child, it can be helpful to talk with family members and remember your own dental health history. If a close family member or relative had partially or fully impacted third molars, it is more likely you and your children may experience this complication as well.

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Diagnosing Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Molars at 3V Dental in Port Washington

The first step on the road to diagnosis of impacted or infected third molars is to schedule your appointment with our dental team here at 3V Dental in Port Washington. Your dentist will do a full visual exam of the affected area and also take X-ray images to see what may be occurring under the skin’s surface in your jaw.

X-rays or images are often required because this will show whether the molars are growing upright or are growing sideways (impacted). If the molars are growing upright and appear to be coming in normally, removal can often be avoided.

However, if the appearance of the third molars is projected to cause tooth crowding that may lead to dental hygiene issues or the need for orthodontia, your 3V Dental Associated dentist may still recommend tooth removal.

If one or more third molars are partially or fully impacted, tooth removal is always recommended. Otherwise, these abnormal extra teeth can easily become infected and cause more extensive damage in the mouth.

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Treatment of Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Molars

The most commonly recommended treatment for problematic third molars is extraction.

Tooth extraction is a safe procedure that your 3V Dental dentists can perform. Usually, it only takes a week to recover fully from an extraction process.

Extraction is also the best remedy for chronic pain relating to abnormal third molars. Extraction also helps guard against later tooth infection that may lead to periodontal disease.

In the event that the extraction procedure cannot be performed at our Port Washington dental clinic, our 3V Dental Associates team will recommend you to a local Port Washington oral surgeon to perform the procedure.

Treatment for partially impacted molars

For partially impacted third molars that have broken through the skin of the gums but are stuck in this position, it is often possible to extract them in a day procedure in your dentist’s office.

Treatment for fully impacted molars

When third molars are fully impacted beneath the skin of the gums, this typically requires a more extensive surgery.

Your dental surgeon may need to go in and break up the impacted molars into smaller pieces before extracting them to avoid causing damage to the surrounding teeth and gum tissue.

When this is the case, it may be necessary to do the extraction in a hospital setting rather than in the dentist’s office.

Complications Due to Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Molars

While it is true that tooth extractions happen every day in dentist offices around the world, this doesn’t mean complications can’t or won’t arise from time to time.

By far the most common complications associated with molar extraction are infection and a condition called dry socket.

Dry socket

Dry socket is quite rare and only affects up to five percent of people. But when it occurs, it causes a lot of pain and demands instant relief.

After the third molars are extracted, an empty hole is left behind. Inside this empty hole is exposed bone from the jawline and exposed nerve endings. The first thing the body does is to cover this exposed area over with a protective blood clot.

But sometimes, the clot gets displaced and then the socket is exposed again. All that exposed bone and nerve endings is very sensitive – even to air. The pain can be quite intense and the risk of infection high.

According to The American Dental Association:

Dry socket is a painful condition that sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted. It happens when the blood clot that forms over your socket is displaced; leaving bone and nerves exposed. If this happens, notify your dentist.

You will need to visit our dental team for treatment right away. Your 3V Dental Associates dentist will clean out the socket, apply antibiotic treatments and put protection in place. You will be given instructions for pain medication relief and often antibiotics will also be prescribed to guard against infection.

It usually takes about a week and a half for dry socket to resolve.


Unfortunately, dental infection is always a possibility whenever a tooth is extracted. If the molar was already infected, that risk is increased yet again.

Careful attention to your dentist’s post-operative dental hygiene instructions can reduce the risk you will experience any mouth infection.

Wisdom molars are a blast from our collective evolutionary past. No longer needed yet still present for most people today, these large molars require careful and ongoing attention the moment they begin to form and grow.

By understanding how third molars can affect existing teeth and mouth health and knowing what warning signs to watch for that they are growing abnormally, you can seek dental guidance immediately to guard against the risk of jaw crowding and infection.

Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Appointment at 3V Dental

Thinking it’s time to schedule your appointment with 3V Dental Associates of Port Washington to discuss your wisdom teeth or molar discomfort? Contact our professional dental team today.

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Wisdom teeth often lack sufficient space, leading to impaction, causing pain, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth and bone structure.

Alignment Issues

Misaligned wisdom teeth can disrupt existing dental alignment, leading to crowding, shifting, and potential orthodontic problems if left untreated.

Oral Health

Removing problematic wisdom teeth prevents future complications, including decay, gum disease, and cyst formation, safeguarding your oral health and overall well-being.


Your dentist at 3V Dental will make recommendations regarding the timing of dental
cleanings. At a minimum, you optimize your oral health by having dental cleanings at least twice a year. As was noted a moment ago, if you have special needs, you may want to schedule more frequent cleanings during the course of a year.

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Dental cleanings are a vital part of your overall oral health regimen. There are a variety of key benefits that you obtain through regular, professional dental cleanings. At 3V Dental in Port Washington, we’re proud to offer cost effective dental cleanings for you and your family!

3V Dental Offers Complete Dental Care and Cleanings

The complete dental cleaning and checkup process includes a number different things, depending in part on how long it has been since you last had an appointment with your dentist. In addition to the actual cleaning process, your dentist will also conduct a physical examination of your teeth and gums.

X-rays may be recommended if a year or more has lapsed between your visit to the dentist. Your dentist will examine your mouth for any sign of oral cancer. Finally, your dentist will examine your bite to ensure that there are no issues.

Once these steps are completed, your dentist or a dental hygienist will do the actual teeth cleaning. Dental cleaning is designed to plaque and tartar from your teeth. The reality is that even if you follow your dentist’s recommendations regarding brushing your teeth and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up in places that you just cannot effectively reach through brushing and flossing.

Reversing Gingivitis with Dental Cleanings
One of the key benefits of dental cleanings if that they can reverse gingivitis in many cases. Gingivitis is the first stage of serious gum disease that can result in permanent damage.

In some cases, you may need more than one dental cleaning to get gingivitis under control and to move towards eliminating it. Into the future, to prevent a recurrence of gingivitis, you may need to up the frequency of your visit to the dentist.

Proper intervention through dental cleanings prevents gingivitis from developing into more advanced periodontitis. Periodontitis is very serious and can result in permanent, irreversible gum damage.

Dental Cleanings Prevent Larger More Serious Issues
Dental cleanings provide the most important time at which a dentist is able to identify other problems that may afflict a patient. For example, it is during the comprehensive dental cleaning process that a dentist can identify cavities.

It is crucial that a cavity be dealt with in a timely manner. The failure to do so can result in it growing and causing bacterial infection to develop in the pulp of a tooth. Such a development can cause significant damage to a person’s tooth structure and be extremely painful.

Ready to schedule your dental cleaning and be on your way to healthy teeth and gums? Contact our office today to speak to one of our amazing associates!

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