Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Also known as the third molar, wisdom teeth erupt generally between the ages of 16-25. Depending on the how they erupt, removal may be required to ensure long term oral health.

Why remove your wisdom teeth?

Sometimes wisdom teeth grow in and have no problems. However, the development of wisdom teeth can often present a series of complications.

When wisdom teeth do not fully erupt, they get “stuck” or impacted in the bone. The most common problems associated with impacted teeth is bone loss, gum disease and cavities. If the wisdom tooth is impacted removing these can help prevent serious complications occurring on neighbouring adult teeth.

Most common cause of pain and emergency visits to the dentist is associated with gum infections when the tooth is partially erupted. Bacteria can get underneath the gum tissue and cause considerable inflammation and pain. In these cases, antibiotics can be a short-term remedy, but long term the wisdom tooth should be extracted.

Wisdom teeth that grow in sideways, can cause cavities on the wisdom tooth itself or on the neighbouring second molar which are important for overall function.

Often, wisdom teeth can also shift teeth and affect the overall bite. Extraction will help prevent this problem, especially if a patient has just completely braces.

Luckily at East Village dental, in downtown Calgary; both Dr. Greg Broyde and Dr. Navdeep Dhaliwal can extract most wisdom teeth without referral to a specialist. By saving time and money, patients can receive great care and get back to their daily routine!