How is a wisdom tooth problem treated?

The most common treatment for wisdom teeth is removal. Your dentist or specialist may recommend removal to prevent problems or for others reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.

Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:
  • pain
  • infection
  • cysts
  • tumors
  • damage to adjacent teeth
  • gum disease
  • tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)
Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored, because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. 

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