Painless Tooth Removal

Painless Tooth Removal

1. Decay/Caries on the adjacent teeth

  • This happens because it’s nearly impossible to maintain good oral hygiene around impacted teeth.
  • Food, plaque and bacteria get stuck between the wisdom tooth and the other erupted tooth, causing tooth decay on adjacent teeth.
  • This requires additional treatment (Root canals, crowns, etc…) on a tooth that was otherwise completely fine before the nearby wisdom tooth started to push into it.
  • The problem could have been easily avoided had the wisdom tooth been removed early on, before it started to cause damage to the adjacent tooth.

2. Wisdom teeth preventing eruption of the other teeth

  • Sometimes, the wisdom teeth grow on top/over the second molar teeth.
  • As a result, second molars fail to erupt/come out into the mouth normally.
  • This leads to poor occlusion/bite, poor hygiene due to teeth being “crooked”, extensive orthodontic treatment (prolonged treatment with teeth braces), and of course more surgery.
  • The problem could have been easily avoided had the wisdom teeth been removed before they started to cause problems.
  • In the first picture, the upper second molars on both sides (red arrows) are being prevented from coming into the mouth normally because the wisdom teeth up above are “squeezing” or “pushing” the second molars into the first molars. As a result, the second molars are stuck, and can’t come out into the mouth normally. As you can see, their counterparts on the lower jaw (second molars) are out in the mouth already. In the second picture, the lower right wisdom tooth is blocking the lower right second molar from erupting normally. As a result of the second molar being stuck lower (blue arrow), the upper second molar is “hypererupting”(red arrow) or reaching lower, below other teeth to get to touch the second molar. This creates bad problems with the bite, or the way teeth are coming together, requiring extensive orthodontic work in order to correct the problem.

3. Impacted wisdom teeth can damage/resorb the adjacent teeth

As you can see from this blog entry, impacted wisdom teeth have a potential to cause a lot of damage to adjacent healthy teeth, which, in turn, leads to more extensive treatment of the resulting problems. We offer free consultations regarding wisdom teeth, so please give our office a call and come in for an evaluation, so that if you have a problem with impacted wisdom teeth, the problem can be identified and treated early.