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Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third molars or the last teeth to erupt in the mouth which happens at approximately eighteen (18) years of age.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that is blocked from erupting or coming into the mouth. The tooth can be partially or totally encrypted within the bone and soft tissue.

Why do we take the wisdom teeth out?

The reason why we have to take the wisdom teeth out is because in many cases they become maintenance or hygiene issues. It becomes difficult to keep them clean and as a result of that the plaque and bacteria collect on the teeth, which can result in cavities, toothaches, infection and gum disease. There are also issues of crowding of the teeth, which if you have had orthodontics in the past, would be a consideration for their removal as well. They can, in very rare instances, develop cysts and tumors around them, however this is a fairly rare thing which depending on what study you read  may be anywhere from 5–9%. A recent study sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation finds that the wisdom teeth which have broken through the tissue and erupted into the mouth in a normal, upright position may be as prone to disease as those wisdom teeth that remain impacted.

What are potential risks associated?

As with any surgery, there is risk. This will vary on each individual patient. This is why it is necessary for each patient to be evaluated to determine their individual risk. Come in for a consultation to determine this. The doctor will examine you, take x-rays and evaluate your candidacy for the removal of your wisdom teeth and to determine the best anesthetic choice for you.



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