After years of having “baby teeth” fall out and be replaced with adult, permanent teeth, there’s
often still one set of teeth left to erupt: Wisdom teeth. They don’t replace anything, they may never erupt, and some people may not have all (or any) wisdom teeth. However, when wisdom teeth exist, erupt and don’t align correctly, they can cause problems.
Remove Wisdom Teeth, Eliminate Problems
Wisdom tooth removal is necessary when they don’t come in correctly, shift neighboring teeth, are impacted, or are too difficult to clean, allowing for bacteria collection. When wisdom teeth are impacted, bacteria growth can lead to infection. Pressure from wisdom teeth erupting can move other teeth, which can destroy years of orthodontic procedures or otherwise healthy, naturally aligned teeth.
While wisdom teeth can cause numerous problems, the most severe is when cysts or tumors grow around impacted wisdom teeth. This can affect the jawbone and other healthy teeth. Usually, a simple wisdom tooth extraction can solve many issues.
It’s best to remove these teeth early to prevent problems down the road and minimize future surgical risks.
Still have questions? Take a look at our free e-book, “6 Secrets You Need to Know Before Scheduling Wisdom Teeth Removal.”
The Oral & Facial Exam
Either Dr. Partridge or Dr. Maxfield will thoroughly examine a patient’s mouth and take X-rays to see where the wisdom teeth are positioned. In numerous studies, it’s been revealed than an early evaluation and treatment plan leads to the best patient outcome.
Usually, a patient’s wisdom teeth are first examined during the teenage years by an orthodontist, dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon. If extraction is deemed appropriate, an outpatient surgery is required with anesthesia to ensure the patient is comfortable and pain-free. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, both surgeons are equipped with the experience, licensing and training for anesthesia and wisdom tooth extraction.