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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the largest teeth that develop in the farthest posterior (back) of the dental arches.  These teeth start to develop approximately age 12 and are supposed to erupt in most patients between age 16 and 20.  For a variety of developmental issues, it is common for these teeth to become impacted, in other words, not able to erupt properly into the mouth in-line with the other teeth.

There are many reasons why teeth become impacted; however, the most common is that there just isn't enough space in the jaws for the wisdom teeth.  Teeth that are or have caused problems should be removed to prevent worsening of symptoms or serious infection.  Patients with teeth that are not painful yet impacted should still be closely monitored.  Removing impacted teeth at the proper stage of development can be done under general anesthesia comfortable with minimal risk and recovery time.

Top Ten Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth

  1. Limited space which impairs cleaning

  2. No meaningful function

  3. Cysts can develop around unerupted teeth

  4. With age, complications related to removal increase

  5. Inflammation may lead to receding gum tissues, jawbone and tooth loss

  6. Crowding of nearby teeth

  7. Shifting of teeth, undoing of orthodontic work

  8. Inflammation and infection can enter bloodstream

  9. Early removal is often a faster and easier recovery

  10. Prevention

Please contact our office at (706) 946-5015 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pritchett to discuss removal of wisdom teeth.

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