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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Your wisdom teeth are the last four molars that come in on each side of the back of the upper and lower jaws. These teeth usually begin to erupt during the late teenage years or early twenties. For some people, the wisdom teeth come in without complications, but for others, the eruption of the wisdom teeth comes with some problems. Here at In Highlands Ranch Periodontics, we can remove the wisdom teeth, allowing you to avoid these complications.

Complications of Wisdom Teeth

The back of the mouth is more crowded, meaning that there’s not always enough room for the wisdom teeth to come in. If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to erupt, it’s known as being impacted. This means that, as it struggles to erupt, the tooth may lean to one side or become twisted. The degrees of impactions are:

  • Soft Tissue Impaction – Soft tissue impaction is what occurs when the wisdom tooth has erupted from the jawbone but cannot make it through the gum line.
  • Partial Impaction – Partial impaction is what occurs when the wisdom tooth has only partially erupted from the gum line.
  • Complete Impaction – Complete bony impaction is when the wisdom tooth has not been able to erupt from the jawbone at all.

If these impactions are not addressed, the risks include gum disease and infection. It’s important to catch an impacted wisdom tooth early on, which is why it’s so important to keep your regular dental appointments for a checkup every 6 months. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, we typically recommend extraction to avoid complications.

If you’re at the right age for wisdom teeth to start coming in, please make sure you have them checked for any problems. To make an appointment to have your wisdom teeth checked, please contact In Highlands Ranch Periodontics at our Highlands Ranch, Colorado dental office today!

Our Periodontist

  • Mike Norouzinia, DDS, MS
    Dr. Mike Norouzinia