Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth do not provide the wisdom the name implies! This extra set of teeth can be seen on a special x-ray called a “panorex.” They often grow in at strange angles, like horizontally or tilted either into or away from the neighboring tooth.
Why remove wisdom teeth?
Oftentimes, individuals do not have room for these teeth in their mouths. Wisdom teeth are usually discovered at an early age growing underneath the gums at strange angles. The positioning of these teeth makes patients likely candidates for a range of issues, which include but are not limited to:
- Gum infection due to food being trapped
- Pain from sinuses or lower jaw
- Removal to allow orthodontic alignment
- Cavities on wisdom teeth which cannot be repaired
What if my wisdom teeth are not bothering me?
There are situations where your wisdom teeth are perfectly aligned and your mouth has space for them to come out straight. In this case, all you need to do is brush, floss, continue regular cleanings, and count your blessings!
For those of us who are not so lucky, here are some reasons to have them removed preventatively:
Reduced surgical complications: The removal of wisdom teeth is much easier when performed on patients between the ages of 14 and 25 if the teeth can be seen on an x-ray growing at an irregular angle.
When you are young, wisdom teeth are smaller and have not fully grown. This means there is less tooth to remove, which makes removing the wisdom teeth a much easier procedure. As you age, especially past 30, the tooth continues to mature and bone becomes harder around the tooth. This results in a more difficult surgery and more complications.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes cause pathologies like cysts and tumours, and early removal can be preventative.
Space for straightening your teeth: Your orthodontist may require wisdom teeth to be removed to allow space for him or her to align your teeth correctly.
What do you mean by “impacted wisdom tooth?”
Impaction is a dental term that means the tooth is hidden underneath the gums. The term “bony impaction” implies that there is a certain level of bone surrounding the crown of the tooth.
Risks and Benefits
At Montgomery Dental Centre, we will have an appropriate and thorough consultation to discuss the risks and benefits of wisdom teeth removal. Any questions and concerns will be addressed and answered at this appointment.