All three doctors at McDonald Dentistry have extensive experience with the removal of wisdom teeth; also known as 3rd molars. Almost all wisdom teeth requiring removal can be done right in the comfort of our own office. To aid us in our treatment planning and to insure the safety of our patients we may use our in office CT-Scan which allows us to view a 3D image of the tooth requiring extraction.
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
- Impacted wisdom teeth are often angled — forced either sideways or against adjacent teeth, causing pain and pressure.
- The pressure from erupting wisdom teeth may cause teeth in the front of the mouth to become crowded.
- Wisdom teeth often erupt only partially. The opening around these partially impacted teeth allows bacteria to get caught under the gum tissue. This can result in an infection called pericoronitis. pericoronitis can lead to significant pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, fever, and illness.
- 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.
Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.