Wisdom tooth removal and what to expect

Healthy wisdom teeth are an asset to your mouth. However when they grow poorly positioned or unhealthily, they can cause problems.

When wisdom teeth do not fully erupt, an opening in the gum is created around the tooth allowing bacteria to enter. This area may become infected causing pain and swelling. The area may also become a food/ plaque trap causing toothache on the wisdom tooth or the tooth in front of it.

If a wisdom tooth grows in sideways, it can also become trapped in between the bone, the gum and the tooth in front of it. This can cause infection and intense pain.

Regular check-ups with your dentist allows them to monitor, track and assess the health and position of your wisdom teeth. Keeping you informed on the state of your Wisdom Teeth as they are forming.

To prevent potential infection, your dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth; a common procedure in dentistry.

If you have any questions about your wisdom teeth, ask your dentist.

Wisdom teeth: Should they stay or go?

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to develop and come through during young adulthood. As part of your regular dental visits, your dentist will examine your mouth and teeth to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.

    Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to Adjacent Teeth
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Decay
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Wisdom teeth removal

Your dentist or a specialist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth to prevent health or infection problems or for other reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.

In addition, the condition of your mouth changes over time, which makes it wise to monitor wisdom teeth that are not removed. Wisdom teeth have the potential for developing problems later, long after they have erupted (pushed through the gum to show the whole tooth).

As with many other health conditions, as people age, they are at greater risk for health problems and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Regular dental visits are important for allowing your dentist to evaluate not just your wisdom teeth, but your overall oral health to help you prevent and manage dental disease as well as achieve optimal oral health.