The third molars (more commonly referred to as “wisdom teeth”) usually emerge in the late teens or early twenties. Often, a jaw can lack the proper space for the wisdom teeth to erupt fully or even at all, leading to a common condition called impaction. When this occurs, and a tooth lacks sufficient space to come through properly or develops in the wrong part of the jaw (becoming impacted), problems can arise, such as damage to adjacent teeth or crowding.
In some cases, the impacted tooth becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, creating the development of a sac around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. If this sac becomes infected, it can cause a cyst or an abscess. Untreated, these situations can cause serious damage either to the underlying bone or the surrounding teeth and tissues.
To prevent this from happening, an extraction of the wisdom teeth (from one to all four) may be recommended. In that case, our office has the equipment and training necessary to perform the procedure, with an absolute minimum of discomfort. If you feel you may need one or would simply like more information on tooth extractions, please ask a staff member.