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EXTRACTIONS

Extracting a tooth is a procedure that should be carefully considered.  Extractions are usually done because of disease, trauma or crowding.  Problems with Wisdom Teeth are the most common reason for extractions.  Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. As part of a dental visit, your dentist will examine you to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.

Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:

  Pain
  Infection
  Cysts
  Tumors
  Damage to adjacent teeth
  Gum disease
  Tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)

It may be necessary to also recommend removal to prevent problems or for others reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.

In addition, the condition of your mouth changes over time. Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored, because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As with many other health conditions, as people age, they are at greater risk for health problems and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Regular dental visits are important so we can evaluate not just your wisdom teeth but your overall oral health to help you prevent and manage dental disease and achieve optimal oral health.

 


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