Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. When this occurs, the teeth are described as “impacted.” Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

Poorly positioned or impacted teeth can cause many issues. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and can eventually cause an infection, resulting in swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removing the impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

Overview

Impaction Types

Age issues

treatment process

Problems/concerns

questions?

Wisdom Teeth Procedures

wisdom graphic

soft tissue impaction

partial impaction

complete impaction

infection

cyst formation

crowding

wisdom tooth removal

Sinus communication

Dry Socket

Post op infection

jaw fracture