Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to come in. Because of this, sometimes there’s not enough room to accommodate them.
On average, wisdom teeth erupt during the teenage years or early twenties. Not everyone develops all four wisdom teeth; some may have fewer.
If you notice swelling, tenderness, pain, abscess, or infection in your gums around your wisdom teeth, that may be a sign that something’s wrong.
Inform your dentist right away so they can examine the area and recommend appropriate treatments.
Complications involving wisdom teeth vary. Here are some of them:
If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems, it’s best to get them assessed immediately. When symptoms persist and the infection gets worse, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend removal. The longer you wait, the more issues may arise, causing the extraction to become more difficult.
Sometimes wisdom teeth come in without any issues. In this case, extraction isn't necessary. Wisdom teeth evaluations are part of routine dental checkups.
Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a cutting-edge imaging method that has clinical applications in dentistry. CBCT is successful for investigating in the field of dental and maxillofacial imaging. The radiation exposure from CBCT is less than 10 times from conventional CT scans during maxillofacial exposure. CBCT is very accurate when providing three-dimensional data.
CBCT scans are used for: Applications in oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, implant dentistry, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) imaging, and in periodontics.
If you’re looking for a new family dentist in the Red Deer area or would like to get your wisdom teeth checked, we invite you to get in touch with us at (403) 342-5800.
Our friendly receptionists are happy to assist you in scheduling a consultation with the dentist.