When appropriate, we have an in-house Cone Beam CT that allows us to locate the roots and nerves in three dimensions, an advantage only very few dental offices have due to the significant upfront investment.
Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth.” Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
We recommend that the formation of these teeth be monitored even prior to their appearance in the mouth and in most cases, due to lack of space, that they be removed prior to complete root formation. Roots are often completely formed by the late teens or early twenties.
When appropriate, we have an in-house 3D X-ray that allows us to locate the roots and nerves in three dimensions and through multiple slices, an advantage only very few dental offices have due to the significant upfront investment.
In most cases, we recommend sedation for patient comfort, and removal of impacted teeth is a routine part of our practice. Contact us for more information of if you have any questions about our services.