Oral Surgery / Wisdom Teeth Removal

Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth between 17 and 21 years of age. When they align properly, and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen because of crowding and improper position of the erupting wisdom teeth.

Improper Development

Panoramic X-Ray with Wisdom Teeth

The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they do not come in ideally. Wisdom teeth may grow in sideways, stop growing in just below the gumline, and even remain impacted beneath the gum and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can be oriented in many positions, including horizontal, vertical, or angled.

Impacted Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems. When they stop growing in just below the gumline, an opening forms around the tooth that allows bacteria to enter and will eventually cause an infection. This causes gum disease (periodontal disease), and results in swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. Antibiotics are required to temporarily provide relief from this problem.

Crowding

Erupting wisdom teeth may place pressure on adjacent teeth and cause what Dr. Harden refers to as the “Bulldozer Effect,” which is a crowding of the teeth in front of the wisdom tooth. This can result in crowded teeth and require braces.

Cleaning Problems

Wisdom teeth are often difficult for patients to reach with a toothbrush because they are so far back and due to the unusual angles in the mouth they achieve. Therefore, they often develop large cavities. It is more logical to extract them in most instances.

Tumors & Cysts

Another problem associated with wisdom teeth is the formation of tumors or cysts that can result in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems.

At Fountain View Dentistry, we assess each patient’s wisdom teeth on an individual basis and do not routinely recommend extraction of wisdom teeth. In summary, we only recommend extraction for wisdom teeth when they are impacted, have gum disease, or significant decay.

New Patients Always Welcome. To experience distinctly different dental care, call today and reserve your appointment with Dr. Harden and our wonderful staff. Fountain View Dentistry serves the Woodstock, Acworth, Canton, Kennesaw, and Marietta communities with general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for all ages.