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The wisdom teeth, or the third molars in official terminology, are a remnant from human history when our foods were more difficult to chew and harder to digest. Our jaws have changed and shortened since then, so the wisdom teeth can often grow in improperly and cause a number of different problems for oral health.

If space is tight in the mouth, the wisdom teeth can grow in improperly in a number of ways. They can partially erupt, which leaves a flap of gum tissue over the tooth that is very vulnerable to infection and the tooth becomes more prone to decay. They can try to grow in sideways, which can affect the eruption of the second molar, and they can increase the likelihood for cysts and other pathologies that can severely threaten the health of the mouth.

As you prepare to get them removed, Dr. Will Allen will take x-rays to determine how best to remove them. The procedure is different based on whether the teeth are still impacted in the jaw or if they have erupted. Our dentists will numb the area where the tooth will be removed, and may also use a general anesthetic so you sleep through the surgery. If the tooth is impacted or difficult to remove, [hesher] may cut the tooth into pieces for easier removal.

If you or your teens need your wisdom teeth removed in Louisville, Kentucky, be sure to call Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 502-587-7874. We will be happy to help you.