Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that grow in the back a person’s mouth. They are technically called ‘the third molars’ because they appear after the second molars have appeared in the mouth.
Wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset if they grow vertically and are aligned properly. However, these teeth have been known to grow diagonally and horizontally, thus causing problems for their owners. This uneven growing can cause a myriad of problems including crowding, damage to the adjacent second molars and can even impact the jawbone itself. Additionally, wisdom teeth sometimes do not fully erupt through the gum and are termed as ‘impacted’.
Definition of impacted teeth
A tooth is said to become impacted when there is a lack of space in the dental arch, and its growth is affected by gum, bone or another tooth. There are different kinds of impaction. ‘Mesioangular’ impaction occurs when the tooth grows forward towards the front of the mouth. ‘Vertical’ impaction is when the formed wisdom tooth does not fully erupt through the gum. ‘Horizontal’ impaction, which is not as common as the other two forms of impaction, occurs when the tooth is angled sideways, growing into the roots of the second molar.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted teeth are usually removed because of the problems they are causing or because of the problems that may arise if they remain in the mouth. In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth is not visible on the surface. Dr. Lisa Mallet and Dr. Murray Knechtel will usually take full X-rays of the mouth to see what is going on underneath the gum. This will help them to determine what type of extraction may be required.
For all of your wisdom teeth needs in South Calgary we welcome you to book an appointment for a consultation today. We can also discuss your wisdom teeth options with you at your next hygiene and check-up appointment – just ask! We look forward to hearing from you soon.