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Wisdom Teeth

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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.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions, Richmond Hill & Toronto Oral Surgeon

A most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Early examination and removal is recommended as these issues are best prevented. As well, a young and healthy patient has fewer complications, an easier recovery, and much less risk of sensory nerve damage.

With an oral examination and X-rays of the mouth, your Oral Surgeon can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems.


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