Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

As a Dentist working close to the University of Alberta a large portion of our patient base is young adults. At this age it is time to talk about wisdom teeth. One of the most common questions is:

“Why do I need my Wisdom Teeth Removed?”

Great question. Over the past few centuries human jaws have been trending towards being smaller than their predecessors, which results in a mouth too small to accommodate all of one’s teeth. Since the wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth they often do not have enough room. This results in the teeth becoming impacted (unable to erupt). A number of possible complications can arise around these teeth: infection/abscess formation, periodontal disease (bone and gum disease), adjacent tooth cavities, orthodontic shifting (teeth crowding) and many more. Therefore, wisdom teeth are often removed to avoid or fix these problems.

It is wise to talk to your Dentist in detail about whether removal of your wisdom teeth is necessary and we welcome your questions in this regard.

Dr. Scott Kershaw DDS

Dr. Scott Kershaw is located at University Dental Choice
Phone: 780-434-3004 | Address: 2, 11111 82 Avenue NW Edmonton AB
Dr. Kershaw received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Alberta and went on to practice in Medicine Hat. We are very happy that he has chosen to return to Edmonton and to join our team at University Dental Choice. Dr. Kershaw enjoys all areas of dentistry and offers sedation options including nitrous, oral and dual sedation combo to his patients.
When he’s not at the office, Dr. Kershaw can be found playing hockey, being active outdoors and playing the drums.
Dr. Kershaw recommends that wisdom teeth are removed in late teens or early adulthood yet many adults are great candidates


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