Wisdom Teeth Removal

The average adult’s mouth has room to comfortably house 28 healthy teeth. Nature, however, has given us 32 teeth. The extra four teeth are known as the third molars or wisdom teeth. These teeth typically erupt in late teens. If they grow in straight, have adequate space, and have healthy gums around them, regular brushing, flossing and dental visits can maintain them healthy. Unfortunately, this doesn’t normally happen.

Removal (extraction) of wisdom teeth is indicated when they erupt sideways, only partially erupt or remain trapped under the gums. These poorly positioned teeth can harbour bacteria and cause infection, pain and swelling. They should be evaluated early (mid-teens) with an exam and radiograph to determine the best time for removal.