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Key Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth typically erupt during late adolescence and early adulthood but sometimes they can become impacted or cause overcrowding. You may need to undergo a wisdom teeth removal procedure for the following reasons:

  • Significant overcrowding
  • Misalignment caused by wisdom teeth
  • Infection in the mouth
  • Extensive decay of wisdom teeth

Our doctors will determine whether you are a candidate for wisdom teeth removal during your consultation. We will perform a thorough oral evaluation with digital X-rays to detect any decay or damage to the teeth and to determine whether you are having issues with overcrowding. Wisdom teeth extractions are a relatively common procedure performed by our oral surgeons. If you have issues with dental anxiety, we may recommend sedation dentistry as part of your treatment plan.

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

An impacted tooth is one that has failed to emerge fully into its expected position. This can happen because there isn’t enough room in the jaw to accommodate the tooth, if the tooth’s path is obstructed by other teeth, or because the angulation of the tooth is improper.

Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth

The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

If your wisdom teeth are causing tooth decay, an infection in the mouth, or overcrowding, we may recommend removal of all or some of your wisdom teeth. Our doctors will explain what to expect before, during, and after the tooth extraction before your appointment. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.

 

The procedure involves opening up the gum tissue around the tooth so that we have access to the bone tissue. The tooth is either extracted as is or cut into smaller pieces for easy removal. You may need some stitches to promote healing of the wound.

 

In the event that the tooth is fully implicated or the wisdom teeth have not fully erupted through the gum tissue, you may be a better candidate for oral surgery. Our oral surgeon can discuss the procedure in more detail during your consultation.

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