Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Burnaby, BC

Third molars, sometimes known as wisdom teeth, are the last permanent teeth to appear in the mouth. These teeth typically erupt when one is around 17 to 21 years old. Regrettably, not everyone develops their third set of molars. Some people’s wisdom teeth normally emerge, just like the rest of their molars.

Impaction occurs when a tooth, most commonly the third molar, cannot emerge properly due to a lack of space in the mouth. If you struggle with impacted wisdom teeth, our dentists at Vega Dental in Burnaby, BC, will be available to help.

How Does Wisdom Tooth Impaction Occur?

When wisdom teeth are impacted, eruption may be incomplete or nonexistent. An impacted wisdom tooth may grow at an angle toward the neighboring tooth or the second molar or an angle toward the back of the mouth.

Wisdom teeth can also grow at right angles to the rest of the teeth, resulting in the tooth being positioned horizontally within the jawbone. They develop vertically or horizontally, like other teeth, but become immovable once they reach the jawbone.

When Do You Need Wisdom Tooth Removal?

If your impacted wisdom teeth cause any of the following problems, it is strongly advised that you have it extracted:

  • Trapping of debris behind the wisdom tooth
  • Infection, gum disease or pain
  • Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • Damage to a neighboring tooth or surrounding bone
  • Presence of a fluid-filled sac or cyst around the tooth

Preventing Future Dental Problems

Dentists disagree on whether or not to extract a non-problematic impacted wisdom tooth. Complications from impacted wisdom teeth can be difficult to predict in the future. Preventative extraction, on the other hand, can help in different ways:

  • Even if no symptoms are evident, wisdom teeth may be infected.
  • If the tooth does not have enough area to erupt, it can be difficult to access and clean.
  • Older people may have difficulty with surgery and difficulties after surgery, but younger folks are less likely to experience major complications with wisdom teeth.

Contact our dentists at Vega Dental in Burnaby, BC, to learn about wisdom tooth extraction.

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