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Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Also called third molars, wisdom teeth usually make their first appearance in young adults between the ages of 15 to 25. Because most mouths are too small for these four additional molars, an extraction procedure, sometimes immediately after they surface, is often necessary.

When should wisdom teeth be removed?

The following symptoms may indicate that the wisdom teeth have erupted and surfaced, and should be removed before they become impacted - meaning, the teeth have surfaced and have no room in the mouth to grow. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • pain
  • infection in the mouth
  • facial swelling
  • swelling of the gumline in the back of the mouth

Most oral health specialists will recommend an immediate removal of these wisdom teeth, as early removal will help to eliminate problems, such as an impacted tooth that destroys the second molar. According to Dental authorities, third molar impaction is the most prevalent medical developmental disorder.

What problems are often associated with impacted third molars?

  • bacteria and plaque build-up
  • cysts development (a fluid-filled sac)
  • tumor development
  • infection
  • jaw and gum disease

What is involved in the extraction procedure?

Wisdom tooth extraction surgery can greatly vary from individual to individual.  The process can range from a simple extraction (such as any other tooth in the mouth) to a process which involves removing the gum tissue that presides over the tooth, gently detaching the connective tissue between the tooth and the bone, removing the tooth, and suturing the opening in the gumline.

Did you know that not ALL wisdom teeth need to be removed?

If you are experiencing any wisdom tooth problems, give us a call and we can assess this for you and tell you what you will require.  We may even refer you along to a dental specialist.