Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back of your mouth. These teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, often causing problems that require extraction. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can erupt partially or not at all. These teeth are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious oral health issues, including crowding, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth.
Why remove wisdom teeth?
If a patient is susceptible to infection or gum disease, it is best to extract wisdom teeth. This can prevent further complications down the road and allow you to maintain your oral health. The wisdom teeth are situated in the back of the mouth and can be difficult to keep clean. This can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. These complications can be painful and expensive to treat, making extraction a preventative measure.
Dentists typically recommend removing wisdom teeth early if they begin to show problems or present difficulties. Typically, wisdom teeth are extracted if there is damage present to the teeth, gums, or jaw. Wisdom teeth that grow crooked or misaligned can also create problems, such as crowding of the teeth.
What happens when wisdom teeth are left untreated?
When wisdom teeth are not fully developed, they can become impacted. Impaction refers to when the teeth become stuck in the jaw rather than growing properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause discomfort, pain, and damage to adjacent teeth. Leaving them untreated can lead to severe infection and ultimately end up damaging the adjoining teeth. The underlying jawbone could get damaged as well.
Wisdom teeth removal procedure
The wisdom teeth removal procedure typically lasts less than an hour and begins with the dentist administering a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. Some patients prefer sedation, and we offer nitrous oxide as well as oral medication. We will then lift the gum tissue over the tooth and extract it. Stitches may be necessary. You will receive care instructions before your procedure, and it is important to follow all instructions.
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