Wisdom Teeth (or Third Molars)

Wisdom Teeth (or Third Molars)

The removal of your wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that emerges later in the teen years and early adulthood, is a preventative measure Dr. Susan Tikson recommends for the overall health of your mouth. If you start feeling discomfort in your mouth or experience jaw pain, please consult with Dr. Tikson. She will examine your wisdom teeth and determine if they need to be extracted.

How do wisdom teeth affect your mouth?

  1. An impacted tooth occurs when the tooth does not fully emerge from the gums. This is a common occurrence in wisdom teeth. This can cause a lot of pain plus an infection.
  2. Gums may become inflamed, making them difficult to clean. This could lead to cavities, swollen gums or gum disease.
  3. Wisdom teeth can cause damage to other teeth. Your mouth can become crowded and they could grow into other teeth or force the teeth in your mouth to move or twist around.
  4. If your other teeth have shifted you will likely have to correct the alignment of your existing teeth.

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