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Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the last four of 32 teeth to erupt in your mouth, usually appearing between 17-25 years old. They're located at the back near entrance into throat and have a Wisdom stemming from maturity or wisdom which can be perceived with their emergence during this time period.
In most cases, lack of space in the mouth prevents wisdom teeth from fully erupting and becoming functional. When this happens they can become impacted (stuck) causing tooth decay or other problems including cysts/tumors that could lead to cancer.
There are several types, or degrees, of impaction based on the actual depth of the teeth within the jaw:
Reasons to remove wisdom teeth
While not all wisdom teeth require removal, extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain or infection. Some people may want to avoid future problems by having their wisdoms removed before they cause serious harm if impacted and left untreated for a long period time frame . The following outcomes can occur:
Wisdom teeth examination
Since wisdom teeth are still developing at a young age, it is important that they don't get in the way of other basic oral functions. Your dentist will likely examine your mouth and surrounding area with panoramic or digital X-rays during their initial visit to determine if there's any potential risk factors for future problems with these new additions. Early evaluation and treatment (typically in the mid-teen years) is recommended for patients who require wisdom teeth extractions. Only after a thorough examination can your dentist provide you with options that will be best suited to fit your particular case, as well as answer any questions or concerns about why this procedure may need happen at all!
What does the removal of wisdom teeth involve?
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia or general anesthetic by a specially trained dentist. You will be released with instructions on how to care for your mouth and any medication that may help after surgery as well.