Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually begin to erupt between the ages of 16 and 24, (this age period is the optimal time for wisdom tooth removal). Most people have four wisdom teeth, although it is possible to have more or fewer. Wisdom teeth are extracted for a variety reasons.
Impacted wisdom teeth are the most common scenario for extraction. Impacted teeth means that they are erupting at an unnatural angle. The tooth may partially erupt though the gum tissue causing pain and inflammation. Portions of the tooth under the gum tissue can develop decay as well as inducing decay in the second molar that it may be compressing against. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause crowding in the rest of the mouth resulting in malocclusion or crooked teeth.
Wisdom teeth that grow in straight are also often recommended for extraction due to the difficulty of cleaning the area and the possibility of future crowding.
The procedure for removing impacted wisdom teeth is to do it surgically. The surrounding tissue is first reflected and then the tooth is sectioned and removed in smaller portions.
Early diagnosis and removal improve speed of healing and prevention of future crowding or cleaning issues.
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