Dr. Gavert performs wisdom teeth extractions in cases where the wisdom teeth have not erupted properly, as they may cause a variety of dental problems if left in place.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars and are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and the surrounding tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
When should wisdom teeth be extracted?
Wisdom tooth extraction is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting into the mouth into healthy position. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. If the tooth has inadequate space to erupt or is in an unhealthy position it is impacted.
An impacted tooth can take many positions in the bone as it attempts to find a pathway that will allow it to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. Often the infection may not cause symptoms until it is well advanced.
As well, an impacted tooth can cause severe decay (cavities) and gum and bone loss to adjacent teeth that may be difficult to restore.
Our experienced team is here to answer your questions and guide you through the oral surgery process.
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