Wisdom teeth are third molars that, depending on formation and positioning, may need to be removed. Dr. Hamamoto can evaluate cases of wisdom tooth removal and can do the procedure in our office or refer you to a specialist, depending on the complexity of the case.
Wisdom teeth don't always have enough room to grow properly and can cause issues. They can erupt at a variety of angles in the jaw, including horizontally. Wisdom teeth can cause problems if they:
- Maintain total concealment beneath the gums—Wisdom teeth become locked (impacted) within your jaw if they are unable to emerge normally. This can sometimes lead to infection or a cyst, which can harm other dental roots or bone support;
- Partially emerge from the gums—Wisdom teeth that partially emerge form a channel that can become a magnet for bacteria that cause gum disease and mouth infection since this area is difficult to see and clean.
- Crowd in the teeth in in close proximity—Wisdom teeth that don't have enough room to come in properly may crowd or harm surrounding teeth if they don't have enough room to come in properly.
The Decision to Remove Wisdom Teeth
It's not always easy to decide whether or not to get wisdom teeth removed. Consult your dentist or an oral surgeon about the position and health of your wisdom teeth, as well as the best course of action for you.
Having wisdom teeth removed can alleviate pain caused by the pressure of the wisdom teeth pushing on or damaging other teeth.
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as:
- Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
- Fluid-filled sacs (cysts)
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Gum disease
- Extensive tooth decay
Wisdom teeth may not need to be removed if they are:
- Are completely grown in (fully erupted)
- Are healthy
- Able to be cleaned as part of everyday hygiene
- Are appropriately positioned and biting with their opposing teeth
Dr. Hamamoto can evaluate cases of wisdom tooth removal and can do the procedure in our office or refer you to a specialist, depending on the complexity of the case.
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