Your wisdom teeth normally begin to come in when you're in your early 20s. Many people have no problems whatsoever when it comes to their wisdom teeth, while others must have them extracted. A few of the reasons for extracting wisdom teeth include:
Dr. LaBombard can tell when your wisdom teeth are ready to break the surface by looking at X-rays of your jaw. If the teeth are coming in at an angle or if there simply isn't enough room for them to fit comfortably in your mouth, he may recommend extracting them.
An impacted tooth is one that is lodged either between two teeth or between the jaw and the tooth beside it. In most cases, an impaction occurs when wisdom teeth try to break through the gum with a limited amount of space.
If not removed, the wisdom tooth will continue to press upward and can break or damage the tooth it's resting against. An impacted tooth can be extremely painful and should be removed before it begins to damage other teeth.
Damaged or diseased teeth can harbor large amounts of bacteria resulting in frequent infections. Infections in the soft tissues of the mouth can spread throughout the body with very little encouragement, causing your immune system to constantly struggle to control the infection and protect your body from illness.
Extracting damaged or diseased teeth removes the source of the infection, allowing the body to heal on every level. Dr. Brian can evaluate the health of your teeth and advise you about whether your teeth are damaged to the point where they are beyond repair and should be extracted.