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Common Problems Caused by Wisdom Teeth

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Christopher C. (Chris) Babcock, MD, DMD, practices at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, where he performs dental implants and extractions. Additionally, Christopher C. Babcock, MD, is skilled in removing wisdom teeth.

Wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure. In many cases, keeping wisdom teeth can lead to complications later in life. Though some people have wisdom teeth that grow in without any obvious issues, many dentists still recommend removal to prevent the development of problems.

When wisdom teeth are impacted (remaining inside the gums and not visible), a cyst or infection may develop in the gums, eventually leading to damage in bone support and the roots of other teeth. When wisdom teeth are partially impacted, they are difficult to clean and have an increased risk of causing gum disease or other oral infections. Speak with your dentist about your wisdom teeth to determine if surgery is necessary.