Oral Surgery

Implants, Wisdom Teeth Extraction, Bone Grafting, Tori Removal

Wisdom Teeth Extraction:

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.”

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When a tooth is unable to fully enter the mouth, it is said to be “impacted.” In general, impacted teeth are unable to break through the gums because there is not enough room. Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.

If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth, or become infected. Because the third molar area of the mouth is difficult to clean, it is a site that invites the bacteria that leads to gum disease. Oral bacteria may travel from your mouth through the bloodstream, where it may lead to possible systemic infections and illnesses that affect the heart, kidneys and other organs.

 

In general, dental and medical professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be removed in the following instances:

  • Infections and/or periodontal disease
  • Cavities that cannot be restored
  • Pathologies such as cysts, and tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth

Wisdom teeth that are completely erupted and functional, painless, cavity-free, in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue, and are disease-free may not require extraction. They do, however, require regular,professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic radiographs to monitor for any changes.

Source: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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