What Is Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure. The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, develop in the later teenage years or early adulthood. In some cases they come in properly, but more often than not, they come in crooked or not at all. The problem with wisdom teeth that don’t come in properly is that they push against the back molars or the roots of the back molars, causing damage and crowding. In these cases it is best to have them removed as they are not necessary for effective chewing.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Having your wisdom teeth extracted in beneficial in many ways:
- Prevent damage to the back molars. When the wisdom teeth come in crooked or at an angle, they push against the existing molars in the back of your mouth. This can wear down the enamel or even cause those teeth to crack. In this case they should be extracted to prevent damage.
- Prevent damage to the roots of the back molars. When the wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they get stuck below the gums, they push against the roots of the back molars, gradually wearing them away until the teeth have no support. Impacted wisdom teeth should be extracted to prevent this damage.
- Alleviate crowding of the teeth. If there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth, they will push against the back teeth and cause all of the teeth to be pushed tightly together, leading to damage and misalignment of your teeth. Extracting the wisdom teeth can alleviate crowding.
- Relieve pressure in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can put excessive pressure on the jaw bone, causing pain and potential damage to the bone. Extraction of the wisdom teeth relieves the pressure.
- Prevent tooth decay between the teeth. If the wisdom teeth are pushed against the back molars it is easy for food to get stuck and plaque to develop between the teeth, causing an increased risk of decay.
- Prevent potential tumors and cysts. Impacted wisdom teeth have a risk of developing tumors or cysts that can grow within the jaw bone. Extraction of the wisdom teeth can eliminate the risk of this pathology developing.
Are You a Good Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 15 and 25. You may be a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal if you are in that age range. Dental X-Rays are typically taken on a yearly basis, which can give us a view of the wisdom teeth and how they are developing. If your wisdom teeth don’t come in straight or are impacted, we may recommend extraction.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth Extraction
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