Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, or
third molars, do not always erupt properly when they decide to make an
appearance. It's wise to get an early opinion from your dentist on getting
wisdom teeth pulled before they become impacted, causing pain, swelling,
infection, cavities or gum disease.
don't wisdom teeth grow in right?
The shape of the modern human mouth is often too small to accommodate
wisdom teeth, which make their first appearance in young adults between
the ages of 15 to 25. Over the course of time, humans learned to harness
fire for cooking food and developed blade tools to better process food
before consumption, they reduced the need for strong jaws to chew food.
According to studies of ancient skull specimens, over time, a full set
of teeth in a smaller jaw caused crowding in permanent teeth because of
lack of space.
does "impacted" mean?
When wisdom teeth don't have room to grown or they haven't reached their
final position by age 25, they are considered impacted - no place to go
and no plans to grow. Third molar impaction is the most prevalent medical
developmental disorder. A full set of healthy teeth sometimes doesn't
leave much room for wisdom teeth to erupt.
kind of problems can impacted third molars cause?
Partially erupted wisdom teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs
that may cause infection, and cysts and tumors may grow on a trapped wisdom
tooth. Jaw pain and gum disease may occur. Not all wisdom teeth cause
I just use an antibiotic?
Antibiotics only sooth infected wisdom teeth for a short time. Since people
frequently use a wide variety of antibiotics, the infection may be resistant
to such medication and does not solve the real problem: The tooth can
not fit in your mouth.
in removal necessary?
It isn't wise to wait until wisdom teeth bother you. Early removal, as
advised by your dentist, is generally recommended to avoid problems, such
as an impacted tooth that destroys the second molar. People younger than
16 heal easier too. At an early age, their dentist who can track third
molar development with the help of X-rays should evaluate people. Second
molars should be visible to lessen the chance of damaging them during
surgery. This occurs at age 11 or 12, so wisdom teeth should be removed
when the decision has been made that they cannot erupt into an acceptable
if I don't have any symptoms?
People with symptoms of impaction, such as pain, swelling and infection
should have their wisdom teeth removed immediately. However, those with
no symptoms can avoid the chance of ever suffering from the pain of impacted
wisdom teeth or achieve better orthodontic treatment results by having
them removed. Asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth also should be removed
to reduce the chance of unexplained pain, accommodate prosthetic appliances,
or avoid cavities, periodontal disease, bone shrinkage and tumor development.
is the tooth removed?
Surgery for impacted wisdom teeth consists of removing of the gum tissue
over the tooth, gently stripping connective tissue away from the tooth
and bone, removing the tooth and sewing the gum back up.
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