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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to come in. They usually arrive in the late teens or early twenties often erupting between the 17th and 25th birthday.

When wisdom teeth finally erupt, they may come in just like all your other molars, without any problems, but there is also the possibility that they will not come in correctly bringing with them the possibility of dental problems down the line.

Wisdom teeth are often misaligned when they erupt. They may position themselves horizontally, facing other molars or facing away from them. They can crowd other teeth and increase the possibility of decay in the other molars that wisdom teeth are crowding. Sometime wisdom teeth cause mouth and jaw pain and can even interfere with nerves.

If wisdom teeth are impacted, big problems can develop later. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that does not fully erupt. An impacted tooth leaves space around the tooth for bacteria to enter. These teeth are also harder to brush, floss and otherwise care for. This leaves the tooth and gums susceptible to painful infection.

If your wisdom teeth are coming in it would be wise to see your dentist. Your dentist can take x-rays that will show what you can expect from your wisdom teeth.

Often times, your dentist or oral surgeon will suggest wisdom teeth extraction even if you do not currently suffer any ailments as a result of them. Because wisdom teeth, especially those that are impacted, can cause painful problems, some dentists suggest removal before problems have a chance to develop.

Extracting an already infected tooth can be more painful and difficult and the younger you are, the easier they are to remove due to roots that are not fully developed and bones that are less dense.

If you are having wisdom teeth removed that have fully erupted, the procedure will be fairly straightforward and similar to that of a regular extraction.

Impacted wisdom teeth removal is a more serious surgery requiring an incision and removal of part of the bone that is covering the teeth.

If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or if you just want to head off problems before they start, call your dentist or oral surgeon and he can advise you regarding the removal of your wisdom teeth.

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