Wisdom teeth. To remove or not to remove?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to break through the gum or “erupt” at the back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth usually appear between the age of 17 and 25, also known as the “age of wisdom”. However, in many cases, wisdom teeth are not visible because they are not able to break through the gums. In fact, 9/10 people have at least one such impacted wisdom tooth.

If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth, or become infected. “The third molar area of the mouth is difficult to clean, it is a site that invites the bacteria that leads to gum disease. Furthermore oral bacteria may travel from your mouth through the bloodstream, where it may lead to possible systemic infections and illnesses that affect the heart, kidneys and other organs” (aaom, 2013). Thus, to prevent such negative circumstances, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will strongly recommend to have your wisdom teeth removed.
If you would like to have more information or to know whether or not you are one out of the 90% of people who have impacted wisdom teeth, visit our wisdom teeth removal treatment page and/or contact us for an initial consultation.
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