Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen and they’ll need to be extracted by East Flatbush oral surgeon, Dr. Marc Hertz. Wisdom teeth can grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.
With an oral examination and dental x-rays, Dr. Hertz can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present of future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in less discomfort for the patient.
When wisdom teeth are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result is swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in deterioration of the jawbone. Removal of impacted teeth by East Flatbush oral surgeon Dr. Hertz usually resolves these problems.
If you require surgical removal of your wisdom teeth, visit East Flatbush oral surgeon, Dr. Hertz.