The last teeth to erupt into the mouth are called the 3rd molars (otherwise known as “wisdom teeth”). These teeth are often problematic for a number of reasons. They sometimes erupt in the wrong direction, or into the neighboring tooth, jeopardizing the health of that tooth. They are particularly prone to periodontal disease and tooth decay, since they are located so far back and are difficult to clean. For these reasons and more, it is often recommended that they be removed, both to treat current disease and prevent disease from occurring.Implants
Dental implants are currently the most exciting and evolving field of dentistry. In the past, the loss of a single tooth led to a prosthetic replacement, replacing a few teeth required a dental “bridge” and the loss of a large group of teeth called for removable dentures. With the latest advancements in dentistry, a dental implant can restore teeth to their natural state. Surgical placement of a dental implant into the jaw bone, and later restoring that tooth with a custom fabricated crown, bridge or denture, provides patients with a highly effective fixed restorative option.