One special type of extraction involves the third and final set of molars. Also called wisdom teeth, these molars typically arrive between the ages of 15 and 23. Before humans practiced modern oral hygiene, these extra teeth came in handy to replace those that were lost to decay and damage. Nowadays, more and more people are retaining their natural smile and do not need their wisdom teeth. In fact, wisdom teeth can create problems if left alone. The majority of young adults in our office receive wisdom tooth exctractions in Leesburg, VA to prevent oral health cocnerns.
If the third set of molars come in at the proper angle, and there is enough room in the mouth to accommodate them, extraction may not be necessary at all. However, many times, things do not work out this smoothly. As the wisdom teeth erupt, they can come in at an unsafe angle and cause an infection below the gum surface. They can also force the other teeth to move out of alignment and cause pain. If your dentist recommends a wisdom tooth extraction for you or your loved one, they’ll take the time to explain the problem and ensure complete comfort throughout the process.