Wisdom Teeth Removal
In our late teens or early twenties, our third molars, commonly known as our wisdom teeth, begin to come in. In many cases, the jaw is simply not large enough to accommodate the extra teeth and they become impacted, meaning they remain under the gum.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause complications, including infection, crowding, damage to other teeth, cysts that permanently damage the jaw and others. In instances where the wisdom teeth do come through the gums, it may be at an awkward angle, also necessitating wisdom tooth extraction. While it is difficult to predict whether your impacted teeth will cause such damage, it is highly likely complications will arise. Regular x-rays help your doctor track your wisdom teeth and make decisions about removal.
Undergoing Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The extraction of wisdom teeth is a common and necessary oral surgery procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. Barring any complications, the tooth can generally be easily removed in one piece. After extraction, patients can expect varying levels of swelling and discomfort, however, we do everything possible to minimize pain and recovery time.
Common Complications of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can endanger a patient's oral health and require extraction due to:
- Overcrowding and root damage to surrounding teeth
- Infection of the gums surrounding wisdom teeth
- Development of gum (periodontal) disease
- Increased risk of cysts and tumors
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, book an appointment online or call our office today to learn how the oral surgery experts at Midway Crossing Dental can help. We'll take great care of you.