Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Impacted Wisdom Teeth | North Calgary Dentist | Northern Hills Dental

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Your Wisdom Teeth are the final set of molars that grow in the back a person’s mouth. They are technically called ‘the third molars’ because they appear after the second molars have appeared in the mouth.

Wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset if they grow vertically and are aligned properly. However, these teeth have been known to grow diagonally and horizontally, thus causing problems for their owners. This uneven growing can cause a myriad of problems including crowding, damage to the adjacent second molars and can even impact the jawbone itself. Additionally, wisdom teeth sometimes do not fully erupt through the gum and are termed as ‘impacted’.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

A tooth is said to become impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch, and its growth is affected by gum, bone, or another tooth. There are different kinds of impaction. ‘Mesioangular’ impaction occurs when the tooth grows forward towards the front of the mouth. ‘Vertical’ impaction is when the formed wisdom tooth does not fully erupt through the gum. ‘Horizontal’ impaction occurs when the tooth is angled sideways, growing into the roots of the second molar.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Impacted teeth are usually removed because of the problems they are causing or because of the problems that may arise if they remain in the mouth. In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth is not visible on the surface. Your Northern Hills Dentist will usually take full X-rays of the mouth to see what is going on underneath the gum and to determine what type of extraction may be required.

Patients who are anxious about their Wisdom Teeth extractions have the option to consider our Sedation Dentistry services for their Wisdom Teeth removal.

To find out more, please contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment.

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