The Dreaded Wisdom Tooth
When you hear the words “wisdom teeth”, you immediately think surgery, and you are right. Most wisdom teeth are impacted and will need to be extracted from your mouth because they can cause pain, infection, and could bring about more serious conditions, such as cysts, tumours, and degeneration of surrounding teeth.
Why Wisdom Teeth are Impacted
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to grow. They usually appear around your late teens, early twenties, and if your jaw is not big enough to let them emerge, they can remain stuck in the jaw. The problem is that most people’s jaws are not adapted for wisdom teeth and they become wedged in their jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can affect facial nerves, create malocclusion if they are impacted sideways, and slowly destroy the roots of your second molars. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but some people may have fewer. A panoramic X-ray will allow us to visualize how your wisdom teeth are positioned, and how we can extract them in the best possible manner.
Do not postpone your appointment. Give us a call today, and we will walk you through every step, and answer your questions. Impacted wisdom teeth are always an urgent matter.