Why should impacted wisdom teeth be removed?

  1. Impacted teeth may grow in any direction; however they often grow forward and push against the adjacent second molar. This can result in pain in the second molars and possibly damage its roots or crown. The second molar can also be pushed out of its position.
  2. All teeth develop in a sack deep in the bone. If the tooth erupts normally, the sack generally disappears. If the tooth is impacted, the sack can fill with fluid and enlarge to form a cyst. The cyst can cause destruction of surrounding bone and damage to other teeth in the area.
  3. Whenever saliva reaches the tooth, decay may occur, and since such cavities cannot be filled, severe pain may result. This may be followed by the formation of an abscess. 
  4. Bacteria in the saliva may be followed by the formation of an abscess.
  5. Pressure from wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of the front teeth. This is why some orthodontists do not consider orthodontic treatment complete until third molars have been removed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Invisalign take a longer time to finish than traditional braces?

The answer is no.  As a matter of fact,  Invisalign patients usually take about 2-6 month less to finish their treatment than regular braces users.

What are  the advantages of Invisalign compared to traditional braces?

As the name implies, Invisalign liners are just about invisible. They are easy and comfortable to wear. Furthermore there are no diet restrictions or changes to your dental hygiene routine. In most cases, the treatment period is shorter.

What are the disadvantages of Invisalign ?

Invisalign liners must be worn for 20-22 hours every day. The patient's compliance to this schedule is necessary for the treatment to be effective. This could be a concern for some patients - especially teenagers.

How much will it cost to have a wisdom tooth removed?

Simple extractions cost only $160 dollars while the fee for the most complicated impacted wisdom tooth removal is $528.

How much does Invisalign cost?

As with most dental procedures, the actual cost of Invisalign treatment varies depending of the complexity  of  each individual case. The fees we charge at Summerville Dental Office ranges from $3000 to $7000,  that is about the same level we charge for regular braces. We do not charge extra fees for Invisalign patients even though the laboratory expenses to have the aligners made by Aligntech runs between $600 to $2300 Canadian dollars.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

An impacted tooth is one which has been prevented from erupting into the mouth. The tooth may be blocked by another tooth, dense bone or a pathological condition. Any tooth can be impacted but more often than not, impacted teeth are third molars or "wisdom teeth" as people call them. Some people have enough room in the back of their mouth for their wisdom teeth which can function well for a lifetime. However, many people do not have enough room and their wisdom teeth become crowded and fail to come through the gum tissue properly.

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Am I eligible for Invisalign treatment ?

The vast majority of patients are eligible even in severe cases requiring the extraction of multiple teeth.

Will my workplace insurance cover Invisalign ?

Yes, as long as your insurance covers traditional braces.