If you’re in your late teens or early 20s, then you may have had your wisdom teeth removed. Why do dentists remove them instead of just leaving them be? You may be surprised to find out just how ese extra four molars can impact your smile. Fortunately, we can use dental extraction to safely and comfortably address wisdom teeth.
Try Our Quiz on Wisdom Teeth and Extractions
- True or False: Wisdom teeth can lead to serious complications.
- True or False: We can remove them prior to eruption.
- True or False: The extraction process will be comfortable.
- True or False: We can also use extraction to address damaged or infected teeth.
- True. These four additional molars (sometimes less in a few cases) erupt when the patient enters adulthood. In some instances, they cause no problems. However, in most they can become impacted, only partially erupting and damaging nearby teeth or causing infections. In addition, misalignment can develop when these additional molars erupt.
- True. We can perform an extraction, opening the area and then removing the teeth before they erupt. The patient then avoids the risk of impaction and infection.
- True. Of course, we will administer a local anesthetic prior to the procedure and if necessary, we can also discuss sedation options. We will discuss every step of the procedure with the patient and answer any concerns or questions.
- True. If a tooth develops an infection as a result of untreated tooth decay or cracks/chips, then we often treat the problem with a root canal. However, if the patient only comes to us in the late stages of an infection the only step forward may involve removing the tooth completely and discussing possible replacement options.