Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to grow in. Not everyone has wisdom teeth, and for many that do, they grow in normally. Wisdom teeth usually erupt through the jaw when an individual is between the ages of 17 and 25.
Why Do Teeth Wisdom Need To Be Extracted?
Sometimes wisdom teeth need to be extracted. This can happen for a plethora of reasons, some of which are outlined below.
- Impacted Teeth – These teeth have not erupted normally. They can be trapped and unexposed due to gum tissue, bone tissue impeding eruption. Sometimes the angulation of the wisdom teeth can interfere with normal eruption.
- Small Mouth – Your jaws are not large enough to accommodate a third set of molars.
- Angled Teeth – Wisdom teeth can grow in at an angle, sometimes sideways.
- Gum Disease – Because your wisdom teeth are hard to reach, you may develop cavities and gum disease in the tissues in the area. In this case, it is important to extract the teeth before they cause more damage.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Extractions
- Better Dental Hygiene – With the molars gone, you may find it easier to clean the back of your teeth.
- Chew Without Discomfort – Wisdom teeth can be uncomfortable and cause you to bite your cheek/gums. Removal helps you chew more comfortably.
- Protect Your Teeth – Removing wisdom teeth can protect your other teeth from further damage.
How It Works
- Sedation may be used. The type of sedation can vary. We will discuss with you to determine the best procedures for you.
- Extraction – is the actual removal of the tooth/teeth. This may necessitate incisions and sutures which we will remove in approximately 2 weeks if needed.
- Postoperative instructions – will be reviewed orally with you and a copy of written instructions will also be provided to you.