Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Why Removing Your Wisdom Teeth Is Beneficial

It is common for young adults to have their wisdom teeth removed. Because these teeth make their appearance between the ages of 17-25, it causes excessive crowding in the mouth. Some people take the “wait and see” approach with regards to removal. But avoiding a wisdom tooth extraction entirely may cause some painful symptoms later.

Many people don’t know where the wisdom teeth are located. They are the third molar in the upper and lower section of the mouth. Because they are the last teeth to drop, they got their name from the period when they come. Because they come when people are older, they say that they gain “wisdom.” Stone Age people thought these teeth served a purpose, like the ability to be able to chew through raw animals’ flesh and bones. While they may have been helpful all those years ago, they serve no real purpose today. Some say that they do have a purpose, but rather than to debate it, here are some of the common problems that wisdom teeth cause.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If the wisdom teeth are healthy and fit properly into the mouth, without crowding the other teeth, then they are an asset. However, crowding is usually a significant problem. The jaw usually isn’t large enough to accommodate these massive teeth. When this happens, the teeth become impacted. If the teeth are impacted, they will grow sideways. A portion will remain trapped under the gum and jawbone. This condition can cause:

Compression Pain: A wisdom tooth that is impacted will try to squeeze in by the teeth already in place. This causes much pain and discomfort.

Gum Infection: Bacterium get trapped by and underneath the wisdom teeth and can cause infection. The result is throbbing pain, inflammation, jaw rigidity and general sickness.

Tooth Deterioration: Somewhat erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to reach. This makes brushing and flossing problematic. Tooth decay is caused from the bacteria and food particles and can form gum disease.

Cysts: A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms along the gum near the infected tooth. In some unfortunate cases, a tumor will develop inside the cyst. This can lead to a fracture of the jaw.

Clearly, these are wisdom teeth problems that no one wants to deal with. Are wisdom teeth necessary?

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Using nitrous oxide or oral sedation, most wisdom teeth extractions are handled by an oral surgeon. While there are some risks, like the dry socket and paresthesia, they are minor. Dry sockets are where a blood clot doesn’t form properly around the wound, and the clot becomes dislodged. It is a painful condition but manageable. Paresthesia is numbness in the mouth area. Usually, this goes away after a day or so. If you have your wisdom teeth or will be getting them soon, you should talk to a dentist about the benefits and risks of removing them.
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