Wisdon Teeth removal in Mississauga ON
The last molars to erupt in the back of your mouth are commonly known as Wisdom Teeth (Maxillary and Mandibular Third Molar). Normally a person will develop four wisdom teeth, but some people may have more or less. Early humans had larger jaws and a rougher diet which caused wear on their teeth making it spatially possible for them to keep and use their wisdom teeth. However, with our current jaw structure and diet there is less space for the wisdom teeth and very little use for them.
A tooth becomes impacted because there is a lack of space in the dental arch, causing the tooth to grow on an angle towards the other molars and their roots. This impaction can cause pain, lead to infection, or cause other pathologic conditions.
The wisdom tooth may also crowd or damage the adjacent molar and its roots, or damage the jaw bone and its nerves. Also, when the wisdom tooth is growing toward adjacent teeth, it can trap plaque and debris making your teeth more vulnerable to decay.
Wisdom teeth will likely cause problems as the patient ages. Approximately 85% of wisdom teeth will need to be removed. Early removal of wisdom teeth is recommended before the wisdom teeth begin to cause problems in your mouth and to avoid more complicated procedures in the future.