Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most of us have back or “third” molars known as “wisdom teeth”. These teeth are the final set of teeth to erupt from our gums as adults. They generally present in both the upper and lower posterior-most gumline between the ages of 17-25. Although for some these molars erupt without issue, many individuals don’t have enough room in their jaws to comfortably accommodate these new teeth. This can cause a myriad of complications, necessitating the need for wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth with no room to erupt optimally are called impacted wisdom teeth and need wisdom teeth removal. This is a minor surgical procedure that can be performed by an oral surgeon or dentist.
Indications Wisdom Tooth Removal May Be Needed:
- The wisdom tooth is coming in at an angle
- The wisdom tooth is trapped beneath the gum line or in the jawbone
- There is no room for the new tooth to erupt without impacting other teeth
Issues Associated with Impacted Wisdom Teeth:
- Gum infections / periodontal disease
- Pain and swelling
- Tooth decay
- Damage to nearby teeth or tissues
- And more