Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Keeping Your Smile Healthy!
Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always need to be removed, but they can cause problems if they are not growing in properly.
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars. They come in anywhere between the ages of 15 to 25 and are known to cause issues with many patients’ oral health. We can visually examine your wisdom teeth (if they have already erupted) or use X-ray imaging to assess if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Having your wisdom teeth extracted may seem like a rite of passage, but that’s not always the case. Depending on the shape of your mouth, size of teeth, and the position of your third molars, a wisdom teeth removal procedure is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Proactive wisdom teeth removal can help to reduce the risk of problems like:
- Crowded teeth
- TMJ problems
- Irregular tooth wear
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Damage to adjacent teeth
When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to come in normally, it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth depending on where the teeth lie within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth has penetrated through the bone, but the gum is still covering part of the tooth. When the tooth has partially erupted, but a part of the tooth remains submerged in the jawbone, this is considered partially bony impaction. Complete bony impaction occurs when the tooth is entirely encased by jawbone.
If you are having a problem and think extraction might be necessary, please contact our office as soon as possible. We'll make arrangements for you to come in so we can evaluate your condition and determine if extraction is necessary. If you are in pain, we will make every effort to see you the same day to provide you with the relief you need.
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