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Wisdom Teeth Removal


The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last of the adult teeth to erupt. Where the rest of your adult teeth are in by the age of 13, the wisdom teeth do not erupt until your late teens or early 20s. These teeth are also well known for being the most problematic. While some people develop their wisdom teeth without complications, many more experiences impacted wisdom teeth; an issue can lead to severe pain and other complications. At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, we can treat impacted wisdom teeth with wisdom teeth removal.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted?


There are several reasons why wisdom teeth might become impacted. These reasons include:
•  Insufficient space in the jaw to accommodate the wisdom teeth.
•  The teeth are being blocked by soft tissue or bone.
•  The teeth are growing at an angle.

The Effects of Impacted Wisdom Teeth


While the wisdom teeth are not crucial, they can cause significant issues if they become impacted. Common effects of impacted wisdom teeth include:
•  Overcrowding. Without enough room in the jaw, wisdom teeth attempting to erupt can put pressure on adjacent teeth. This pressure can force those adjacent teeth out of alignment, causing overcrowding and bite issues.
•  Infections. Partially erupted teeth are more difficult to keep clean, which can increase your risk for developing a localized infection.
•  Cysts. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can form as a result of infections or impacted teeth. Without treatment, cysts only continue to grow larger and can destroy bone mass in the process.
•  Damage to adjacent teeth. Wisdom teeth growing at an angle toward your adjacent molars can grow into these teeth. As they continue to try to grow, they can cause damage to the teeth below the gumline, putting them at risk for infections and other serious complications.

Wisdom Tooth Removal


One of the most common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth is pain at the back of the jaw. You may also find it difficult, or painful, to do normal things like eating and speaking. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment right away. We perform a thorough oral exam, including digital x-rays, to determine the presence of impacted wisdom teeth and create a treatment plan.

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, the best way to treat them is to remove them. Teeth are removed in one of two ways, a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. Impacted wisdom teeth are generally extracted using a surgical extraction. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. Surgery begins with small incisions in the gums. These incisions provide us with access to the roots of your teeth and the surrounding jawbone. Next, we remove the teeth.

In some cases, we may need to remove any bone blocking the teeth. The teeth may need to be sectioned, or cut into pieces, to be completely removed. Once finished, the sockets are cleaned out, and the wounds are sutured closed. Because the wisdom teeth do not play any significant role in your mouth, they do not need to be replaced.

By removing your impacted wisdom teeth, we can help to alleviate your pain and protect the health of your mouth, greatly improving your quality of life. For more information on wisdom tooth removal and to schedule your consultation, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 778-8686 today.

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