Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth.
They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.”
Research has shown that as soon as periodontal disease is found in the 3rd molar locations, the issue is persistent and progressive, but it may improve after the extraction of the wisdom tooth. In some instances a fluid-filled cyst or tumor may form around the untreated wisdom tooth. As the cyst grows it may lead to far more critical problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other vital structures.
In our office, Dr. Goodman is able to extract wisdom teeth with special and gentle care. Nitrous oxide, local anesthetics, Valium or sleeping pills are available for your comfort.
I want to keep my teeth!
If you choose to keep your wisdom teeth, after you discuss your situation with the dental professional, be sure to consider special care in cleaning and flossing your teeth, specifically the molars. Also, make sure that you get your biannual checkups.