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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final set of molars to emerge in the back of the mouth. These teeth typically appear in late adolescence or early adulthood, usually between the ages of 17 and 25.

While wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset when they align properly and contribute to a healthy bite, they often cause problems when there is insufficient space for them to erupt or when they emerge at an angle. In such cases, they may become impacted, meaning they are unable to fully emerge from the gums.

Common issues associated with wisdom teeth include:

  1. Impaction: Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, swelling, and infection in the surrounding gums. In some cases, they may also cause damage to adjacent teeth or the jawbone.

  2. Crowding: Wisdom teeth may cause crowding or shifting of the existing teeth as they attempt to erupt, leading to bite problems and misalignment.

  3. Infection: The partially erupted nature of impacted wisdom teeth can create pockets where bacteria can accumulate, increasing the risk of infection and inflammation known as pericoronitis.

  4. Cysts and Tumors: In rare cases, cysts or tumors may develop around impacted wisdom teeth, potentially causing damage to nearby teeth and structures.

To prevent these complications, it is often recommended to have impacted or problematic wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure performed by oral surgeons or dentists with specialized training in oral surgery.

At our practice, we offer comprehensive wisdom tooth evaluations and extraction services to help you maintain optimal oral health and prevent future problems associated with wisdom teeth. Our experienced dental team will work closely with you to determine the best course of action based on your individual needs and concerns.

If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or other symptoms associated with your wisdom teeth, don't wait to seek treatment. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about wisdom teeth and discover how we can help you achieve a healthier, more comfortable smile. Let's work together to address your wisdom teeth concerns and ensure your continued oral health and well-being!

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