Wisdom teeth are your third and last set of molars that typically don’t show up until the late teens or early twenties. They are not essential to having a healthily functioning mouth. While some wisdom teeth may erupt successfully without disrupting surrounding teeth, it is quite common that these teeth cannot or do not erupt successfully and require removal. When the wisdom teeth become impacted, they can move the surrounding teeth, which can cause your bite to become uneven or crowd your teeth. If the wisdom teeth only erupt partially, they can create pockets that are difficult to impossible to clean, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
When do they need to be removed?
Some wisdom teeth can grow into the mouth and align with the rest of your teeth. However, more often than not, they will come in a way that can be detrimental to your mouth and cause overcrowding of your teeth. If a wisdom tooth grows into your mouth out of alignment, it can cause nerve damage, impact your other teeth, and even damage your jaw bone.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common and simple procedure. Some patients require just one tooth to be removed, some need all four removed, and some patients don’t need any removed at all! The severity of your procedure will depend on your individual needs. We will take x-rays of your teeth and determine when your wisdom teeth become a problem that requires removal.