Wisdom teeth extractions

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Wisdom Teeth

Somewhere between the ages of 15 to 25 years, most people's third molars begin to erupt through the gum line at the very back of their mouths. However, the modern jaw shape often can't accommodate wisdom teeth, leading to either of two unhealthy conditions: crowding of existing permanent teeth, or impaction – the incoming molars get stuck in place.

That Smarts!

While extraction may not sound like a lot of fun, it's far better than the typical alternatives. Crowded teeth can misalign your bite, cause jaw pain, and lead to gum disease, causing dental problems for the rest of your life. Partially-erupted wisdom teeth allow bacteria and germs to multiply, leading to infection or cyst formation; tumors may even grow on a trapped wisdom tooth. Impacted or partially-erupted wisdom teeth may force entry, pushing up in whichever direction they find the most give: sideways, vertically, backward, forward. They can become stuck while still fully encased in the jawbone (called a bony impaction), or prior to erupting through the gums (called a soft tissue impaction). Such impaction can cause pain, swelling, and infection. The good news is that extraction is a simple, routine surgical procedure that can usually be performed comfortably in one office visit.

The team at our Hearst, Ontario dental office has made patients of all ages smile for two decades. Call our Hearst dental office today on (705) 372-1601 to reserve checkups or consultations for your family. With 5-star service and a commitment to excellence, Hearst dentist Dr. Gilles Lecours and our team look forward to becoming your preferred dental healthcare providers.