The third molars, more commonly called the wisdom teeth, are the last teeth to erupt in your smile. They usually come in during the late teens or early 20s. Because they are last, there is often not enough room for the wisdom teeth to come in properly. In these cases, the wisdom teeth may grow in at an incorrect angle or may become impacted, which means the teeth become stuck in the bone and gum tissues, unable to fully erupt. Wisdom teeth that are impacted or do not have sufficient space to grow in may cause several complications for your oral health, including:

    • Damage to the neighboring teeth and jawbone
    • Infection in the gums and soft tissues
    • Disruption to the alignment of the teeth and orthodontic treatment
    • Tooth decay
    • Periodontal disease
    • The formation of cysts

In order to prevent these problems, and to keep your smile healthy, our dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth in Laurinburg, North Carolina. We use the greatest care and skill when removing your wisdom teeth so you feel comfortable and at ease. If you would like to find out whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed, please call or visit our dental office today. Dr. Wendy Britt and our dental team are eager to improve your dental health.