Wisdom Teeth and Extractions

Teeth may need to be extracted for many reasons. The most common reasons are preparation for orthodontics, insufficient space in the mouth, and decay and infection in the tooth or surrounding bone.

One of the most common extractions is of the wisdom teeth. These are the third and final set of molars most people get in their late teens and early twenties. When there is insufficient space in the mouth, a tooth may be prevented from normal eruption and may become impacted and stay confined to its socket.

Impacted teeth are not in the proper position for chewing and cleaning. They may even grow sideways. There is also a greater risk for bacteria to grow and cause infections. Crowding and damage to nearby teeth and roots are additional problems associated with impacted teeth.

Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons and your dentist may recommend that your wisdom teeth or other teeth be treated. Tri-County Oral-Facial Surgeons, P.C., will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take specialized x-rays of your mouth and jaw to determine how best to treat your condition.

Our surgeons are licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to administer all types of anesthesia if this is necessary. Being proactive and having your wisdom teeth extracted, generally in your late teens or early twenties, may help you avoid a more complicated extraction later in life.

Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.

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