Wisdom teeth usually begin developing in the teenage years and may continue into the late 20’s. This third set of molars may never cause any problems, but in some circumstances they require removal due to complications.

We can determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned. But, some people may have to have theirs removed due to:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Impaction
  • Cysts or tumours
  • Crowding caused by pressure from the wisdom teeth
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Tooth decay that is not restorable

Removing your wisdom teeth may also be an important step in periodontal therapy or orthodontic treatments. If removal is necessary, we will discuss a variety of treatment choices to make the experience as comfortable as possible.



A wisdom tooth may appear through the gum with part of it still covered. 

This causes swelling and can be very painful.

This condition called pericoronitis can usually be easily fixed and cleared quickly by using correct brushing technique, mouthwash and sometimes an antibiotic if there are signs of infection. 

However, if the problem keeps recurring regularly, it may be time to have the tooth removed.

If a wisdom tooth is decayed due to the fact that it’s virtually impossible to clean, it may also be time for an extraction.

For more information, schedule an exam with us to find out more about your wisdom teeth.


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