Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are typically removed if they pose potential issues. Various factors determine whether wisdom teeth removal is necessary, including jaw size, crowding, occlusion, and impaction. Regular dental check-ups often include radiographs that can reveal the need for wisdom teeth extraction.
An impacted tooth occurs when a tooth is obstructed from erupting normally. Impacted wisdom teeth can present problems such as:
- Growing in at an angle, which can push against existing molars, leading to overcrowding.
- Failing to fully erupt, remaining partially or entirely beneath the gum line.
- Trapping bacteria beneath the gum, increasing the risk of infection and gum disease.
Wisdom teeth removal is typically effective in preventing issues such as overcrowding, impacted teeth, swollen or painful gums due to partial eruption, as well as gum disease and tooth decay.
During the extraction procedure, the dentist may administer local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. In most cases, the procedure can be completed right here in our office.
At Suburban Oral Surgery, we prioritize your dental health and comfort. If you’re experiencing issues with wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to us in Springfield, PA or Havertown, PA. We’re here to help you maintain a healthy smile.