Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Oakville, Erin Mills and Mississauga
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in and the ones least needed for good oral health. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are called such because they develop when most individuals become adults (around 16).
Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth, and they are often trapped in the jawbone and gums. Cramped for room, these impacted teeth grow in many different directions and removal may be recommended by your dentist to prevent potential problems.
Wisdom teeth can cause the following problems:
Infection in the gum
When a wisdom tooth partially breaks through the gum’s surface, bacteria can get under the flap, causing an infection in the gum.
Tooth crowding and displacement
An impacted or erupting wisdom tooth can push on adjacent teeth, causing them to become crooked or even damaging them structurally.
Decayed wisdom tooth
Decay can form in wisdom teeth when they are ill positioned or partially covered by gum tissue which may collect cavity-causing bacteria.
Poorly positioned wisdom tooth
A wisdom tooth that grows toward the cheek can irritate nearby tissue. If an erupted tooth is crooked it may be hard to clean or make it hard to bite down.
Cyst destroys bone
If the sac that holds the crown remains in the bone, it can fill with fluid, forming a cyst that can destroy surrounding bone.
When should I seek treatment?
It is best to have wisdom teeth removed when they first develop (around 16 years of age).
Whether wisdom teeth cause your mouth harm depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth grow in. You may have no symptoms at all, but the other teeth in your mouth could be at risk for damage.
For more information on wisdom teeth removal, schedule a consultation with Dr. Doan Dentistry. Our dental clinic proudly serves patients across Mississauga, Erin Mills, and Oakville.