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What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, and they are spotted on X-rays.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Your dentist will make a wisdom teeth extractions recommendation based on your examination and radiographs, usually around age 17-22.
Not all wisdom teeth have to be removed. In some cases, there is sufficient room and wisdom teeth are able to erupt and function normally. In other cases, they remain buried in bone and are unlikely to erupt. And still, in other cases, the wisdom teeth never develop.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal:
- They are impacted: Because wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, they may not come in normally; they sometimes only erupt partially in the mouth. They can be trapped in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful, and may pose a risk for potential infection between overhanging gum tissue and the tooth itself. Impacted wisdom teeth are the most common reason for wisdom teeth extractions.
- They come in at the wrong angle: Wisdom teeth can be a valuable asset if they grow vertically and are aligned properly. However, these teeth have been known to grow diagonally and horizontally. This uneven growth can cause a myriad of issues including infection of surrounding tissues and damage to the adjacent second molars.
- They may press against your other teeth: This can cause pain and infection
- Your mouth is not big enough: Sometimes your jaw has no room for an extra set of molars.
- You have cavities or gum disease: You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss.
Definition of impacted wisdom teeth
Impaction of a tooth occurs when there is insufficient space in the dental arch for proper eruption, and its growth is affected by gum, bone or another tooth. This results in the tooth remaining fully submerged within the gum and bone. The type of impaction present depends on the angle at which the tooth lies in the bone.
Removal of impacted wisdom teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth are usually removed because of the problems they are causing or because of the problems that may arise if they remain in the mouth. In many cases, damage caused by wisdom teeth is not visible on the surface. X-rays of the mouth are therefore necessary to see what is going on underneath the gum, and to determine what type of extraction is required.