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What You Need to Know About Impacted Wisdom Teeth

May 15, 2014

shutterstock_149966333Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are teeth that typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 in patients who develop them at all. For some people, wisdom teeth fail to erupt properly, becoming impacted within the gum and jaw bone. In cases in which impaction causes discomfort, pain, infection, or problems that affect other teeth, extraction may be deemed necessary. Your local Phoenix and Glendale dentists offer comprehensive general dentistry services, including wisdom tooth extraction for patients suffering from impaction.

Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When a wisdom tooth grows at an odd angle relative to the jaw, the back of the mouth, or the second molar, it can become impacted and cause improper alignment of other teeth throughout the mouth. An infection can result, particularly in cases in which the tooth erupts partially through the tissue of the gum. Removing impacted wisdom teeth can help to prevent complications in the future, including gum disease, abscesses, and infections of the bone tissue that comprises the jaw.

For some people, wisdom tooth extraction is not necessary. The teeth either don’t develop or they grow in perfectly normally with no ill effect on other teeth. Your general dentist in Glendale and Phoenix can explain to you the particular details of your unique case following a consultation, an exam, and x-rays.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you suspect that you are suffering from impacted wisdom teeth or if you simply have questions regarding oral surgery in general, contact us at our Peoria and Phoenix and talk to our experienced, highly trained doctors today. We also proudly serve patients in nearby communities in Scottsdale, North Gateway Village, North Mountain Village, Glendale, and beyond. We look forward to becoming your partners in your journey toward lifelong oral health.

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