Third Molar Extractions
You are probably familiar with the term “wisdom teeth,” those teeth in the very back of your upper and lower dental arches. They are given this term because they grow out between the ages of 17 and 25. The name “wisdom teeth” comes from the idea that age equals wisdom. In a dental office, these are called third molars.
Often these teeth are impacted, which means there is not enough room in the back of your dental arch to allow them to grow in properly. So instead of growing out straight, they become enclosed in your jawbone. Impaction can cause various problems. They can push or crowd your other teeth, which will make them crooked. Cavities can develop more easily in these and adjoining teeth because of the crowding. Sometimes even infection in the jawbone results from impacted wisdom teeth.
It is our recommendation to have them removed rather than wait until a problem occurs. The jawbone becomes denser as you grow older, clamping even tighter to these teeth, causing pain and making it more difficult to remove them.
Connecticut Family Dental
171 Grandview Avenue, Suite 103
Waterbury, CT 06708