Oral Surgery » Surgical Extractions
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur:
- Your jaw may not be large enough for them, causing crowding of the back teeth
- Red, swollen, and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially come in.
- A wisdom tooth becoming stuck in the jaw (impacted) and never breaking through the gums.
- More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst.
- One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
- Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom tooth, which may be harder to clean than other teeth, or in the teeth and jaw in the area of the wisdom tooth.
An x-ray of your mouth will allow the dentist to make a judgement on whether or not to take your wisdom tooth out and how easy or difficult it might be.
Please speak to your dentist about your options.