Having your wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) removed is a decision that should be made after consulting with Dr. Uhl or an oral surgeon. Often times, there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to erupt into place. This condition is called "impaction". Impacted wisdom teeth could form cysts around them, potentially damaging neighboring teeth or the surrounding bone.
Why Wisdom Teeth Often Need Extracting
Wisdom teeth that partially erupt into the mouth could cause complications due to a greater chance of bacteria being trapped underneath the gums. This could lead to pain, swelling, or difficulty opening and closing the mouth.
Wisdom teeth that are fully erupted and exposed may not have to be removed. However, they are typically hard to reach with a toothbrush and floss, which puts them at a high risk for tooth decay or gum disease.
Gentle Extractions in Indianapolis
Every patient is unique. After a thorough evaluation of your mouth and review of proper x-rays, you and Dr. Uhl can come up with the best course of treatment. Call our office today and a team member will gladly help you arrange a consultation with Dr. Uhl.