Wisdom Teeth Extractions
At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, our dentists provide extractions for patients who require wisdom teeth removal.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, are usually the last four of 32 teeth to surface in the mouth between the ages of 17 to 25. They are located at the back of the mouth (top and bottom), near the entrance to the throat. The term “wisdom” stems from the idea that the molars surface at a time typically associated with increased maturity or “wisdom”.
In most cases, inadequate space in the mouth does not allow the wisdom teeth to surface properly and become fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and possibly cysts.
Why do wisdom teeth require removal?
Removing your wisdom teeth is a common treatment procedure, but many patients still dread the idea of having their wisdom teeth removed.
While not all wisdom teeth require removal, wisdom teeth extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection, or as a preventive measure to avoid serious problems in the future.
If impact of one or more wisdom teeth is present and left untreated, a number of potentially harmful outcomes can occur, including:
Damage to Neighbouring Teeth: Second molars (the teeth directly in front of the wisdom teeth) can be adversely affected by impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in tooth decay (cavities), periodontal disease (gum disease) and possible bone loss.
Disease: Although uncommon, cysts and tumors can occur in the areas surrounding impacted wisdom teeth.
Infection: Bacteria and food can become trapped under the gum tissue, resulting in an infection. The infection can cause considerable pain and oral health concerns.
The Treatment Process
As with any dental treatment, the dentist will want to initially conduct a thorough examination of the wisdom teeth and surrounding teeth.
Panoramic or digital x-rays will be taken in order for your dentist to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if a current problem exists, or the likelihood of any potential future problems. The x-rays can also expose additional risk factors, such as deterioration or decay of nearby teeth.
Early evaluation and treatment (typically in the mid-teen years) is recommended in order to identify potential problems and to improve the results for patients requiring wisdom teeth extractions. Only after a dental examination can your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental provide you with the best options for your particular case.