Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the very back of your mouth. They are often hard to reach and clean and can easily get decayed. For that reason, we would recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted.
Other reasons for extracting wisdom teeth include:
Impaction: Wisdom teeth may not erupt fully and can be trapped in your jaw or under your gums – sometimes this causes pressure which may be painful.
Angulation: Sometimes wisdom teeth may push against your other teeth, causing pressure, pain, food impaction, and decay.
Your mouth is too small to accommodate your wisdom teeth: If your jaw has no room for your wisdom teeth, your other teeth may start to shift and crowd.
We take every possible measure to try to save all of our patients’ teeth. In some situations, extracting a tooth that cannot be restored with a good long-term prognosis is the best option. We will recommend and discuss all of your options for replacing the tooth or teeth after you have them extracted, such as a bridge, implant, or something removable.
We may refer you to one of our trusted oral surgeons in the neighborhood for your oral surgery needs, if we think the surgery is beyond the scope of our practice or if you have any severe medical conditions.