Wisdom Teeth… To Keep Them or Not

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Education

Most adults have 32 teeth by their late teens but do not have enough room for all of them.  Wisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt at the very back of our mouth.  If the fully erupted molars are aligned properly and the gums are healthy, the wisdom teeth do not need to be removed.  Unfortunately this often isn’t the case and they need to be extracted. 
Wisdom teeth can grow sideways, erupt partially out of the gum or remain impacted in the bone.  All of these scenarios are a potential problem. Partially erupted molars are open to the oral cavity that allows bacteria to hide under the gums and cause an infection.  This can be extremely painful.  Cysts or tumours can form around impacted molars.  This is very dangerous since it may result in the loss of bone of the jaw and healthy teeth. 
Your dentist will take x-rays and perform an exam to evaluate any risks for the extraction of your wisdom teeth.  Call us before it hurts for an appointment at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-224-8338.