Spectrum Oral Surgery
Wisdom Teeth

What Is An Impacted Tooth?

It's a tooth that hasn't normally erupted into the mouth. It may be blocked by another tooth or simply not have enough room. Any tooth can be impacted but most likely impacted teeth are wisdom teeth (third molars).

What Does This Mean For My Health?

  • Impacted teeth can grow in any direction and most often grow forward and push against other teeth. This may result in damage to that tooth and possibly the loss of multiple teeth. Removal of your wisdom teeth at an early age will insure the long-term survival of neighbouring teeth.
  • An impacted tooth can become cystic. A cyst is a fluid-filled sac within the bone that enlarges over time. It damages other teeth and the mandible itself.
  • An impacted tooth is exposed to food and bacteria. This can cause decay, infection and abscess.

When Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

In your young adult years before your wisdom teeth start causing damage to other teeth.

What Is The Procedure?

The possibilities are local anesthesia, local and sedation or general anesthesia. We will discuss all options with you and proceed with your preference.

Are There Any Risks?

With any surgery, there is the risk of complications. During your pre-surgery consultation, we will fully explain all possible risks as explicitly as possible.