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Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth also known as third molars are usually the last teeth for a person to develop. A person may develop all 4 or none at all. In some cases, there is not enough space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth to come down easily through the gums, the wisdom teeth are then classified as impacted.

What are the consequences of impacted wisdom teeth?

If impacted wisdom teeth are left untreated there are a number of problems may arise

Such as:

  • Infection
  • Pushing and damaging nearby teeth
  • Pain
  • Ulceration
  • Food trap
  • Cysts
When to remove wisdom teeth?

Although wisdom teeth are classified as impacted, this does not necessarily mean they will cause trouble. If your impacted wisdom teeth do begin to cause trouble this when your dentist may advise having those teeth removed. This may be advised due to the following reasons:

  • The tooth is causing swelling or inflammation
  • Compromising other teeth
  • The tooth is causing pain
  • There is simply not enough room

If the wisdom tooth removal is suspected to be complex or a complicated procedure, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.


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