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While we often try to save as many teeth as we can, there will be times when we are unable to save a tooth and the tooth has be extracted. Broken tooth, fractured root, advanced decay, periodontal gum disease are among the common reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. Another common reason for tooth removal is wisdom teeth.
Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt in a person's mouth and are the ones least needed for good dental health. Wisdom teeth can endanger a patient's dental health when:
They erupt through your gum but your jaw is too small to hold them. As a result, they force other teeth out of alignment and can damage your bite.
They do not erupt through your gum and are not in a normal position. As a result, they crowd the roots of other teeth, force them out of alignment, and can damage your bite.
When your jaw is too small to accommodate normal wisdom teeth, gum or jaw discomfort and swelling often occur. In addition, there is a greater risk of developing gum disease.
Surgery to remove wisdom teeth is typically the best course of action.