If your Calgary Dentist has recommended the removal of your Wisdom Teeth you may be wondering what to expect and even curious to know why these teeth have to be extracted.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
It’s normal to be a little nervous when facing any dental procedure – but Dental Extractions do seem to induce more trepidation compared to a regular dental cleaning. The good news is that removing teeth is a straight forward treatment, commonly performed several times a day by General Dentists, Oral Surgeons and Periodontists. Losing a tooth is never a happy occasion – but if the tooth is infected, fractured, decayed or causing damage to a person’s dental health – then removing the tooth is sometimes the best course of action. When it comes to Removing Wisdom Teeth, these large 3rd molars that are located at the very back of the mouth, don’t always have enough room to fully erupt and can end up being more of a bother than a welcome addition.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
We’ve already mentioned that in some cases these large molars are just too big (or the mouth is too small) to erupt in to place. When the eruption of wisdom teeth is hampered due to inadequate space they are known to push on molars in front of them – causing a domino effect where teeth start to tip or shift towards the front of the mouth. When patients notice front teeth starting to move and become crooked – this can be because of wisdom teeth trying to erupt and literally pushing other teeth out of the way. Removing wisdom teeth that are causing crowding protects an otherwise healthy bite and prevents significant damage being done to the roots of other molars. Trying to keep teeth that don’t have enough room to erupt fully can lead to infection, decay and considerable amount of discomfort.
Does Everyone Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Calgary Dentists at Discover Dental in Falconridge acknowledge that not every patient requires their wisdom teeth to be extracted. If the mouth can accommodate the eruption of these molars and a patient’s bite is not negatively influenced by additional teeth, then leaving these teeth in the mouth may be an option. What is noted is that due to wisdom teeth being located at the back of the mouth; keeping these teeth clean can be challenging, and gum inflammation and decay is a common concern.
All procedures performed by General Dentists.